History

The IMTD has been in existence since 1957 but it's history is given below.

The Background

Driving instruction has existed in the UK since 1903 and the driving test since 1935 (although suspended during the Second World War).  In 1956 the Suez Crisis created a fresh challenge to the Industry when, because of the threat to the nation’s petrol supplies, driving tests were again suspended and petrol rationed.  Overnight, driving schools found themselves virtually out of business and many driving instructors had to seek alternative employment.

IMTD's Formation

Senior members of the Industry were concerned that there had been no consultation over what had happened and felt that a stronger voice was needed, especially since the two organisations that represented driving instructors, namely the Motor Schools Association (MSA) and the RAC Register of Instructors, were not making progress.

Pat Murphy, Consequently, a member of the MSA Board, Mr Pat Murphy (photo, right) proposed the formation of an organisation to represent long-established driving school proprietors which could lobby the Government as appropriate.  It has to be remembered that in those days there were many multi-car schools and that their proprietors represented a significant voice in the Industry.  So it was that in 1957 the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving (IMTD) was established under its motto “Only the best shall serve” (and that is still valid today).

IMTD Evolves

Since those days the make-up of the IMTD has changed, though not its purpose.  There has been a decline in the number of large multi-car driving schools since the mid 1950s, thanks to the effects of firstly, the compulsory qualification and registration of driving instructors and secondly the imposition of Selective Employment Tax followed by Value Added Tax.  Thus the IMTD is no longer, nor has been for many decades, an organisation for multi-car proprietors but for the best instructors in the Industry.  However, a statement made by Pat Murphy in 1970 still holds good:

It is the intention of IMTD to develop unilaterally because of its exclusive nature.  It will remain aloof from the day to day battles of mundane commercial competition and professional problems.  It will discuss those problems of a specialist nature, arising from the running of a driving school, problems with a non-partisan bias but common to all operators.  It will remain small and selective, it will remain strictly for individual membership only.

IMTD Button Badge60 Years of IMTD Chairman (1957 to 2017)

In our 60th Anniversary year, it is perhaps fitting that we record the names of all 23 of the previous and current Chairmen of IMTD, from it's very beginning in 1957, up to the presenmt day.  They have suceeded in keeping it relevant up to the present day.:

1957-1960 - Mr H.P.C. Murphy (3 years)   1960-1961 - Mrs V. Baggott (1 year)
1961-1962 - Mr S. Pearce (1 year)   1962-1963 - Mr E. Brewin (1 year)
1963-1964 - Mr A.T. Rampley (1 year)   1964-1966 - Mr H. Sands (2 years)
1966-1968 - Mr R.J. Mudd (2 years)   1968-1971 - Mr P.J. Jones (3 years)
1971-1973 - Mr K.E. Leigh (2 years)   1973-1981 - Mr R.G. Etteridge (8 years)
1981-1982 - Mr R.S. Matthews (1 year)   1982-1985 - Mrs B. Rogers (3 year)
1985-1988 - Mr R.G. Williams (3 years)   1988-1991 - Mr N. Clixby (3 years)
1991-1993 - Mr P.W. Edwards (2 years)   1993-1996 - Mr M.H. Aimable (3 years)
1996-1999 - Mr J.G.L. Milne (3 years)   1999-2001 - Mr Colin O'Connell (2 years)
2001-2004 - Mr Keith Bamford (3 years)   2004-2007 - Mr Brian Austin (3 years)
2007-2008 - Mr Peter Russell (1 year)   2008-2011 - Mr Geoff Little (3 years)
2011-Today - Mr Graham Feest (6 years to date)    

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