Why Gregory’s Driving School is a good idea
By Rory McCann and RTE Sport editor, John O’DonoghueSource: RTE / ReutersGregory’s is the biggest driving school in the world.
Its graduates have been making a fortune since it opened its doors in 2003, earning over $150 million in profits.
Gregory has a lot going for it, not least of which is the fact that it’s based in Dublin.
It has a long history of making money, having built up its reputation as one of the most highly rated private schools in the country, and has become the go-to place for many drivers looking to get their driver’s licence.
It’s also been a hotbed for drivers wanting to learn how to drive, with many of the courses taught by a variety of experts, including a former World War II ace who’s now an expert on driving and safety.
The school is run by the National Driving School Foundation (NDSB), which is run out of the College of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.
NDSB’s CEO, Dr Stephen McNamara, has a background in engineering and has been involved in the Irish government’s driving education programme for more than 20 years.
As well as driving, he also offers coaching and training to those wanting to become licensed drivers, and he is a regular speaker at driving events, speaking to thousands of people a year.
“If you look at the industry and what’s happening, you’ve got a huge amount of people trying to do it, but they are all competing with one another, which means you’re going to see more and more people get into the industry,” he told the Sunday Independent.
“I don’t think you’re ever going to get everyone into the same industry.
If you look in the UK and Ireland, it’s actually quite different, there are people in the industry who don’t drive, and people in a lot of the other industries who are driven.”
Gregory says its not only its driving school that makes it an attractive option for the aspiring driver, it also has a strong record of teaching practical skills, with more than 100,000 people from around the world passing through its doors each year.
The main focus of the school’s course is to teach people how to safely operate their vehicles, and it has been criticised for its lack of safety equipment.
“Its not just the safety equipment, there’s also the things that are on board, you can go and check it out on the car and see that you’ve fitted everything up,” Dr McNamara said.
“The main thing is it’s a great driving school.
We teach people everything from basics like how to turn the wheel to how to use your phone, you also learn the skills to be able to actually do what they need to do to be safe, but that’s also where we’re able to work on the safety side of things.”
The school’s safety gear, according to its website, is a combination of safety glasses, seatbelts, gloves, a seatbelt protector, and an emergency beacon, which can be set to alert anyone in the vicinity.
“It’s all of the safety gear that we’re putting on,” Dr Namara said, adding that the school had the same equipment as the other driving schools in Ireland.
“That’s what we can give to all of our drivers to help them learn how they can get around safely, and to help us as drivers to be safer, and that’s the main focus.”
The main obstacle to Gregory being able to attract new drivers is its location, which is close to major roads and is within walking distance of the main international airport.
The Irish Government has been pushing for the school to move to the airport, and the NDSB is looking at the possibility of moving there in the near future.
“We’re looking at a move, but there are a number of factors that are going to have to work in our favour and that is we’re already close to a major airport,” Dr McSweeney said.
“It’s an airport that we can use as a base, it can be used as a training site for us to get the most out of our students.”
As a local company, we’ve been doing a lot to attract students to the area, we have a very strong relationship with the local community and we know that the locals want to see us as a school that offers a safe and positive experience for everyone.
“The NDSB, which was established in 2012, says it has received more than 80 applications for the licence-free driving programme, with a total of 1,000 applicants already enrolled in the programme.”
Our target is to have our students in the next four years, but we are constantly assessing the applications that come in,” Dr McGuamara said.”
We want to work with the NDSA to make sure that we have the best available driving school for our students, but also the best opportunity to get them in the