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Nearly all Driving Instructors are totally independant, working on their own or work on a franchise basis. Very few are employees of the driving school they "work for". So, BSM, AA, LDC and many more instructors are franchisees.

What do you get for your driving school franchise?

This will vary enormously between different driving schools and some schools will offer several franchise packages.

The main elements are:

1. Office and Telephone Booking Service

2. They may or may not provide you with pupils

3. They may or may not provide you with a car.
If a car is provided, this will usually include repairs, servicing and insurance but will not include petrol.

4. Some of the bigger driving schools will offer extras such as sickness insurance schemes, reduced price or free breakdown membership (that's a car breakdown not an Instructor breakdown!) and ongoing training.

How much is the average driving school franchise?

Some franchises start at just £30 per week. This gives you little more than a headboard and the use of the driving school name. You provide your own car and your own pupils. A more normal instructor franchise price not including car but including office services will be £60 - £90. At the other extreme BSM is generally regarded to be one of the most expensive driving instructor franchises at around £350.

Sometimes a franchise may be tied in with drivng instructor training. Effectively to operate as a trainee instructor you may need to operate under the training provider's franchise.

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