Dual controls are an additional set of pedals located in the front passenger seat to control the vehicle's main functions such as braking, accelerator and clutch. They are used to assist driving instructors while teaching novices and learners how to drive. Dual control is a backup safety feature, so in an emergency, the driving instructor can control the brakes, throttles or clutches in the vehicle to reduce the chance of the vehicle being in a dangerous state.
These dual controls are operated via cables where all components of the system remain inside the vehicle. This reduces wear and makes it easier to maintain and inspect system components. Gilani engineering’s dual control has provided this service to driving training vehicles for many years, therefore they are a proven design, easy to use and versatile.
Driving instructors must follow Australian standards while serving their cause. A brief overview of Australian standards regarding dual controls is:
As a guide, the vehicle must have all of the following:
*Passenger side brake pedal.
*Additional internal rearview mirrors can be used, instructors can see the traffic approaching from the rearview mirrors - cosmetic mirrors with sun visors are not acceptable
*A clearly visible label is affixed to the passenger side of the dashboard, which reads "This vehicle is equipped with dual controls."
*Complete and pass the theory assessment with a higher pass rate than expected of non-instructors (however if he/she holds a nationally-recognised qualification from a Registered Training Organisation, they do not have to do the test)
*Provide proof of their identity
*Complete a National Police Certificate
*Complete and pass the practical driving assessment
*Pay the relevant fees
*Be at least 21 years old.
*Submitted police character checks.
*Have passed the medical fitness standards
*The driving instructor of your choice must have a minimum of 3 continuous years’ experience driving the vehicle class that you will be driving
*A driver’s license.
*The driving instructor of your choice must be a licensed driving instructor within your State.
So have you found yourself eligible and now looking for a trustable partner to install dual control into your car. If so contact us today.
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