I, (Driver and Client) understand that if I miss my scheduled appointment for any reason (sick, work, car trouble, fear of weather, death in family, etc) or any combination of reasons short of a nation weather advisory in existence at the time of the lesson or up to one hour before, I will be required to pay $96 scheduling service fee and time/car reservation fee for the missed lesson before scheduling again.
DRIVER DECELERATION: I (the driver) have a valid driver's permit, a valid driver's license, a letter from the Department of Highway Safety Tallahassee or a permit from any driver license office stating I am authorized to drive behind the wheel for this training. If not, please notify us immediately.
FINANCIAL COMMITMENT: The charges and rebate are odd looking figures because they are the same per minute charges as all other drivers who use 75 minute driving lessons (except for the State Recording Fee because only State Recording is required for 3/3 drivers).
$ 96 Scheduling Service and Time/Car Reservation Fee
352 tuition, (other) overhead and profit
+ 30 Admin fee (expense) for State Recording
- 45 Rebate (off) if appointment is honored (kept, not missed)
$433 total if paid by cash, money order or cashier's check. Includes a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard credit. If paying with Visa or Master card, please advise us immediately.
Add $32 if using your own car for over the road training because:
1. Drivers tend to drive more aggressively in their own cars.
2. Drivers often resent more being told how to driver their own car.
3. It is more frightening for me (Joda Collins) and more dangerous as I do not have much control over the vehicle.
4. My stress level is higher.
5. Training tends to be more challenging/difficult.
6. If you cannot pay the full amount at one time, we will accept $100 down before scheduling and you can pay the remainder later (no interest); however, the remainder has to be paid with one payment and we will not turn your completion in to the State until full payment is made. Also, we are not responsible for any State laws that change during that time period that effect anything related to you or your license.
SUMMARY OF FINANCES
$96 if appointment is missed for any reason except for a national weather advisory that is in existence at the time of the lesson, or up to one hour before. The $96 is lost, forfeited and not transferable to any other appointment, charge or debt. It is payment for service rendered to date (scheduling, emaill(s), holding appointment, setting aside time and vehicle, and more) that are rendered on credit.
$433 if appointment is not missed.
$478 if appointment is missed for any reason except for a national weather advisory that is in existence at the time of the lesson, or up to one hour before.
There are no verbal agreements, ever. We do not hold you hostage to anything we say that follows, "But you said....!" We will not be held hostage to anything that follows, "But you said....!" If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do.
When training in the Joda Collins vehicle, driver and passengers hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy not responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash wherein there is at least $50 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating. Do not ride in a driver's training vehicle if you would not ride in a roller coaster. When training in any other vehicle besides the Joda Collins vehicle, the insurance of the car owner must cover all liability regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.
Please wear clean clothes (in my car), no gum, snacks, food or candy in the car, water with secure twist lid is okay. If you want to stop and snack, let me know. Wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes or dress shoes. No crocs, slippers, boots, high heals, bare feet or flip flops. Let me (Joda Collins) know if you are taking any medication or have any kind of disability or difficulty that might affect your driving safety.
We (herein meaning, "The Joda Collins Driving Academy), rent our vehicle to any driver with a valid permit who wants to use it to take the Florida behind-the-wheel driving exam for the purpose of securing a driver license.
Payment must be received not later than 24-hours in advance of the scheduled use of the vehicle. The charge is $200 plus mileage @ $1.77 per round trip mile from the intersection of Interstate 10 and Exit 26 in Milton, FL. Reduce all charges by 10% if not paying with credit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard Credit Cards. (No debit cards accepted at this time.)
No driver can use my vehicle for personal use who has not taken, at least, one 75-minute driving session and is deemed reasonably safe. "Reasonably safe" is clarified in an email sent to you.
We do not guarantee a driver will pass the State exam. We do not refund money if a driver fails the State exam. We do not provide a discount for an additional use of our vehicle for the State exam. However, if I state in writing that you should pass the State exam and you do not, we do provide up to one-hour of additional training tuition-FREE if a driver fails the State exam to help driver with whatever driving difficulties created the test failure; pick up fees, if any, still apply.
Drivers must make their own appointment with the Dept of Driver License Office. We must be informed of the Driver License Office you will be using in order to calculate mileage. Cancellation with less than three hours notice incurs a $100 late-cancellation fee. Cancel by calling 850 981-3355. Do not make that appointment until you (the driver) are assured by us (the Joda Collins Driving Academy) that the date and time you want to take your exam is a date and time our vehicle will be available to you.
To reserve our vehicle for your use to take the State exam requires a $100 deposit, in advance.
There may be additional details to consider; however, all details will be in writing.
Sign and date:
Financially Responsible Individual
Student-driver, if different from above.
Joda Collins, Joda Collins Driving Academy
Working Agreement (Contract)
between the Joda Collins Driving Acdy, the Keys to Independence Program (also known as cbccfl.org), the Caregiver and the Student Driver.
(Original Agreement 4/16/16. Second Revision 5/15/18. Third Revision 6/13/18. Fourth Revision 6/14/18. Fifth re vision 6/2019. Sixth revision 6/21/18; the sixth revision does not go into effect until 7/1/18.)
"The Keys Program will pay by visa or mastercard:
1A. $124.44 per hour for driver's training via visa or mastercard at the end of contracted service upon billing, plus
B. $1.78 door to door fee per round trip mile from 4033 Buttonbush Dr., Milton, 32583.
C . Any and all toll fees incurred in the provision of door-to-door service in the amount of the actual toll plus 1.111115 percent of the toll only.
2. The billing must be approved in advance of service by an authorized Keys rep be email.
3. A rebate that ranges from zero to $11.16 per training hour will be mailed to Keys following the completion of each contract. Details available upon request. (See Note 4 below under Post Script.)
4. The Joda Collins Driving Academy provides no other service to or for the Keys Program or Keys clients that is paid for by Keys.
5. The Joda Collins Driving Academy does not work for FREE, therefore any additional charges have to be paid by someone else, by signed contract. The Keys Program Rep can view that Contract at any time upon request.
6. The Keys Program and Joda Collins reserves the right to terminate this contract, in writing (email okay) at any time and for any reason. However, the Keys Program is obligated to pay for all training provided before that termination regardless of who terminates this agreement.
7 Alterations to this contact, in writing (email okay) can be made by mutual agreement with any person who has the legal right to do so.
8. Lessons are in increments of two, four or six hours as requested by the driver or caregiver.
9. The only course asked for by Keys is the "Time Only" Course. It is the responsibility of the caregiver to tell Mr. Collins what training the driver wants.
10. There are no verbal agreements, ever, among any parties. We will not hold you hostage nor be held hostage by anything that follows: 'But you said...." No email content can override this contract. If it is important to you, get it in writing and get it signed.
11. The Joda Collins Driving Acdy not reschedule missed lessons; however will schedule additional lessons at any time for any reason, including to make up for missed lessons.
EVERYTHING ABOVE APPLIES TO THE KEYS PROGRAM DIRECTLY.
NOTHING BELOW APPLIES TO KEYS IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN MUTUAL ASSOCIATION.
CONTRACT BETWEEN PARTIES SIGNING BELOW
12. All parties have read items 1 through 11 above. T he person signing below in the Client section on a paper copy (See Note 2) of this Contract agrees to pay $100 cash, check, cashier's check or money order in advance to reschedule any missed lesson even if the reason for missing the lesson is a good one or a combination of excellent reasons, with one exception and that is if there is a national adverse weather advisory existing at the time of the scheduled start of the lesson or if the lesson does not occur by the action of the Joda Collins Driving Acdy. The $100 includes a 10% discount for not paying with Visa or MasterCard. If paying with Visa or MasterCard, please advise us immediately. If the Joda Collins Driving Academy misses any lesson for any reason other than a national adverse weather advisory existing at the time of the scheduled start of the lesson Joda Collins will pay $100 to the person who signs below as our Client on a paper copy of this Contract $100.00. See Note 1 in Post Script below:
I accept the benefits and responsibilities as noted above as they apply to me.
____________________________ Date ___________________
____________________________ Date ___________________
Student-Driver (See Note 3 below)
#1: The $100 that I (Joda Collins) will pay you (Please see Item 11) is not payment for the missed lesson. It payment for the time you took out of your life to figure out when you can train, The effort you already expended to adjust your calendar, change you activities, defer things you could otherwise have used the appointment time for and, if you took off work, to help reimburse you for your financial loss. The $100 is a statement of me valuing you, your time, your life and your effort. Your time, your life and your effort are not worthless just because something happened in my life that made it impossible for me to keep my contracted appointment with. Because something happened in my life that keeps me from honoring my commitment to you does not mean that you pay for what happened in my life. Even if an act of God against me occurred, you are responsible to pay the expense of an act of God against me. Example: If I get a flat time, you are not responsible to pay to get it repaired, I am. Likewise my time, effort, adjustment to my schedule and the money it costs me to reserve your time is not of zero value if you fail to keep your appointment with due to something that happened in your life including an act of God against your life. If you think your life, time and effort are worthless that is your business; however, if you think my time, life, effort and the money I have already spent to schedule and reserve (from others use) your appoint is worthless, please do not do business with me; we will not get along! I do not take kindly to being treated as if my life, effort and money expenditure has no value and/or that I should pay for others who do not keep their appointments, regardless of the cause. I do not work for free. Thank you.
Note 2: Client and/or driver is free to reproduce this and bring it with him/her/them at first meeting with Mr. Collins. However, Mr. Collins will have two copies also ready for reading and signing. Each will get a copy.
Note 3: The State requires the Student-driver to read and sign this contract so driver knows the commitment others are making for him /her, even if under age 18 and cannot be held accountable for any thing in this contract.
Note 4: Schedule all six hours of training in one lesson and to miss that lesson for any reason, Keys gets a Rebate of $67 at the end of hour six. Schedule two three our lessons with one scheduling effort (email or phone call) and do not miss any lesson, Keys gets a Rebate of $47 at the end of hour six. Schedule all six hours of training with one call or email and do not miss more that two scheduled hours and Keys gets $27 Rebate at the end of hour six.
CONTRACT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND THE JODA COLLINS DRIVING ACADEMY.
Introduction: My (Joda Collins) contracts are all about the same. No one gets more special treatment, lower or higher charges for combined charges, or more or fewer benefits. However, minor differences in contractual arrangements exist because I try to work my Contract around what the Client likes best. Every agency has their own preferences. I am here to serve. I have only one hard rule. I will not work for less than my price quote. Simply stated, I am worth the investment. I do not give discount service nor get a discount on anything I need to provide my service, so I can not and do not give discounted prices.
As of June 15, 2018, my price for VR service is $1.80 per minute. This is up 7% from $1.68 per minute and is the first price increase I have had since September 2009. The cost of doing business has gone up almost 30% since 2009 and a 12-cent per minute charge is a 7.15% increase. Not bad! This price increase is mostly because the VR takes more admin work (paper/email work) that other agencies, and I can no longer absorb the expense of that extra admin work and still maintain a profit at this time. On May 15, 2018 my price increased to everyone else.
The VR system is more fluid than other agencies because the individual VR Representative for each of their Clients is vested with more final decision-making power compared to most other agencies. Generally speaking, the VR will authorize 450 minutes to start with (five 1.5-hour lessons) and continue paying for training as long as the driver is making reasonable progress towards becoming the best driver he or she can be at this time in his or her life. The VR tends to trust my judgement because I spend (request) VR money as if it were my own. If I think a driver is not trying or has reached his or her maximum learning potential, I suggest the VR stop paying for training. So far, they have. It is that simple.
All five lessons are 1.5 hours each (450 minutes total). This is changed as of June 15, 2018 from six 75-minute lesson (450 minutes total). Saturday training costs $10.80 per 1.5-hour lesson more than weekday training and VR will not pay $10.80 extra because they require a constant price not a fluctuating price. They pre-approve charges at the weekday rate. VR will not pay for any other fee of any kind.
VR pays, upon billing, via business check after each set of five 1.5-hour lessons except for the last set of approved lessons if that last set is less than five 1.5-hour lessons.
That is all there is to it!
CONTRACT BETWEEN VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CLIENTS, STUDENT-DRIVERS AND THE JODA COLLINS DRIVING ACADEMY
The VR's Client is the person who is 18-years or older who is the or a final authority for themselves or a person 18-years or older who is the final authority for a person who is of any age. That person is my "third party with vested interest." The person trained behind-the-wheel is the "student-driver." It is illegal for me to serve the VR Client without an agreed on contract between me and that client (my third party with vested interest). It is illegal for me to train a student-driver without an agreed on contact between me and the student-driver even if the student-driver cannot be held accountable for a contractual agreement due to being under 18 or over 18 and legally free from being held accountable for a contractual agreement. I still have to do my best to be sure they know what is expect of them and what others are contributing to their driving success.
The VR will not pay for the following charges; my third party with vested interest is responsible for these charges. I used to cover these expenses myself but my cost of doing business has gone up 30% since 2009 and I have gone up slightly more than 7% in charges so there is not enough profit now to pay these expenses myself.
1. The VR begins by approving five 1.5-hour driving sessions (450 minutes total) at $1.80 per minute = $162 per 1.5-hour lesson (including tuition and the $30 Scheduling Service Fee) = $162 times five = $810.00. The VR will not pay the $30 Scheduling Service Fee for every lesson that is schedule and missed for any reason. I cannot take a call or email, schedule on our wall calendar, manually adjust our on line calendar, defer all others away from your lesson time, reserve my time and vehicle, create the email info, send reminders and miss the lesson and do all of that for FREE anymore. However, if there is a national weather advisory for Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties within one-hour of the start or your scheduled lesson I will do all of that for FREE and not bill you the $30 Scheduling Service Fee.
2. The VR will not pay the $20 refundable deposit on a paper copy of the study workbook. The student-driver can use an electronic copy that is sent email, if student driver can read from a screen with reasonable comfort. So far, none can or have.
3. The VR will not pay the full price or any part of the $132 tuition and $30 Scheduling Service Fee ($162 total) per lesson that you miss and do not give at least one-hour notice. If you miss a lesson and do not give at least a one-hour notice you owe the full $162.00. See #1 above for $30 minimum fee clarification.
4. It is my understanding that the VR will not pay for door-to-door service unless there is a really good reason to do so. Being too lazy to drive a student to and from our start location (3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton 32583 - the NE intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton) is not a good reason. Also, since I teach 10am to 10pm Tuesday through Friday, most people can find a couple of hours each week to devote to the student-driver's success.
5. Driver is expected to do no less than four-hours of devoted self-study in prep for each lesson starting with lesson two and attempt to memorize the following 10-words in consecutive order in prep for lesson one: Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Move. Drivers who lack the ability to use a cell phone, send or receive an email, memorize their home address, find their way to and from classrooms, memorize their locker combination or operate a TV with remote control will probably lack the ability to do the homework. Let me know. Drivers who need to pass the State driving exam are expected to try to memorize the steps for parking and three-point turn on their own time for free and use the car they will be testing in to train for parking and three-point turn training unless otherwise requested and arranged. Go to www.JodaColliins.com , Agreement page, Section One or http://www.jodacollins.com/agreement.html for full details. The VR is not prone to pay by the minute for work a driver can do on his or her own for FREE. VR funds are not from a bottomless pit of an endless supply of money.
6. Scheduling: All five 1.5-hour lessons have to be scheduled not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson one. VR approval and paperwork must be in my (Joda Collins) hand and Client and Driver approval of this Contract has to be received before scheduling. I do not offer VR student training on Saturdays unless the third party with vested interest pays the additional $10.80 per lesson at or before scheduling Saturday training or unless the VR approves Saturday training in advance. In the event the Saturday training is missed for any reason, this $10.80 along with other noted lost fees, herein, is lost. Saturdays fill up first and fastest, so Saturday times are more valuable.
7. All quoted prices are non-credit card (Visa/MasterCard) prices and include a 10% discount. If you are paying with Visa or MasterCard, please advise us immediately.
8. All finance issues between us and our third party with vested interest are payable through the mail and clarified via mail (USPO) or email. Mr. Collins does not do financial business with our third party with vested interest persons. Our staff does. We do not discuss financial matters over the phone which avoids "he said, she said" scenarios which are easily problematic. We take our time, we calculate carefully, we explain fully and we put it in print allowing the third party with vested interest time to verify our figures.
I (the undersigned) accept the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined
in this document.
VR Client and Joda Collins Third Party with Vested Interest
Student-Driver. If under 18 or not the VR Client, this person cannot be held accountable for anything in this document but understands his or her commitment and the commitment others are making on behalf of him or her.
If not 18 years of age and/or not the VR Client, this person cannot be held accountable for anything in this document.
Joda Collins Driving Acdy
Office: 850 981-3355
Cell: 850 304-1870
Parking and Three-point-turn are skill requirements for all who have to take the State exam. I (Joda Collins) prefer to use the vehicle the driver will use for testing to teach parking and the three- point turn because that better ensures the driver will, more easily, pass the part of the State test and because the training/learning is easier and takes less time in a personal vehicle. (See red and green print for details.) Therefore, I need to know if you, the Client, want to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training or our vehicle.
I do not charge for parking and three point turn training if the following three conditions are met.
1. Before the training for parking and three point turn the driver has memorizes the steps for parking and three point turn well enough to quote them upon request and without hesitation. It is acceptable to memorize these procedures in up to four sequences, which are (1) entering a parking space, (2) exiting a parking space, (3) three-point turn procedure from start to engaging transmission into reverse and (4) three-point turn procedure from the engagement of the transmission into reverse to the end of the three-point turn procedure.
2. We do not use the Acdy vehicle for parking and three point turn training.
3. This training takes place on or after lesson four and only after driver has at least 90-General Safety Points.
I AM NOT ASKING YOU (the Driver or Client) TO USE YOUR VEHICLE FOR PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN TRAINING. I AM LETTING YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF USING YOUR VEHICLE OR OUR VEHICLE FOR PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN TRAINING and I need to know what your decision is about this option.
Drivers that have memorized the steps for parking and three point turn can "learn" how to park and do the three point turn during behind the wheel training in about 10-minutes. Drivers that do not or can not memorize on their own, will take about 30-minutes to "do" parking and three point turn, plus how long it takes the driver to memorize the steps during paid behind the wheel training. Most can memorize these steps on their own with 2.5-hours of memory effort for FREE on their own time. Most require one or two behind- the-wheel lessons at a charge of $252 to more than $300 (depending on contractual agreement) to memorize these steps during paid behind-the-wheel time.
It saves the client money if the driver memorizes the steps for parking and three point turn on his or her own time and permits the driver to use behind the wheel time to learn to drive crash free.
Note: Because using my vehicle requires the driver to steer with one hand while backing, using my vehicle for parking and three-point turn requires more skill than using a private vehicle where driver can do all steering with two hands with vehicle stationary.
I will need to know if you, the Student, will require behind the wheel time to memorize the following:
Memorize the red print if you are using your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.
Memorize the green print if we are using the Joda Collins Driving Academy vehicle for parking and three point turn training.
Entering a parking space when using a private vehicle for parking.
1. Go slow, get far right and when safe, signal left.
2. Stop, turn wheel 90% full left.
3. When safe, coast.
4. Steer right in order to stop with car centered n lane.
5. Point front wheels straight.
6. Put parking brake on and transmission in park.
Note: "When safe," means you look in every possible direction from which a vehicle or pedestrian might reasonably be about to enter your line of travel.
Exiting a parking space when using a private vehicle for parking.
1. When safe, put in reverse, release parking brake when safe, back.
2. Stop when my front bumper is even with back bumper of vehicle on right or left.
3. Turn wheel 100% in the direction you want the back end of vehicle to go. .
4. When safe, back up, stop at 45 degree angle and put in drive.
5. Turn wheel 100% in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go and when safe, accelerate. .
Three Point Turn when using a private vehicle for three point turn training.
1. Go slow, get far right, when safe signal left and stop.
2. Turn 100% left and, when safe, coast, stop and put in reverse.
3. Turn 100% right, when safe coast back, stop and put in drive.
4 Turn 100% left and when safe, go.
There is more to entering and exiting a parking space than what is noted above, but the additional information is easily incorporated into the steps above once the steps above are memorized.
Entering a parking space when using Academy vehicle for parking.
1. Go slow, get far right and when safe, signal left.
2. Stop, when safe, coast at 0 to 1 mph and then turn wheel 1.5 turns left.
3. Turn wheel to the right in order to stop centered in your parking space.
4. Aim wheels straight ahead.
5. Put parking brake on and transmission in Park.
Exiting a parking space when using Academy vehicle for parking.
1. When safe, put in reverse and when safe, back
2. Stop when told to do so, when directed turn wheel full left then stop vehicle at 45 degree angle.
3. Put in drive and when safe, coast at 0 to 1mph and then steer into your lane.
Three Point Turn when using Academy vehicle for three point turn training.
1. Go slow, get far right, when safe signal left and stop.
2. When safe, remove some brake pressure, coast, and turn full left and stop before any part of vehicle goes off the road.
3. Put in reverse, when safe, coast with partial brake pressure on, turn wheel full right as fast as you can, stop when told.
4 Put in drive, when safe, remove some brake pressure, coast while turning wheel full right as fast as you can and steer into your lane.
Note: "Stop," means "stop when I (Joda Collins) tell you to stop. "Coasting," is always at 0 to 1mph, accomplished by keeping some brake pressure on.
There is more to entering and exiting a parking space than what is noted above, but the additional information is easily incorporated into the steps above once the steps above are memorized.
We offer a free written Memory Course that, upon completing, most student drivers have memorized the parking procedures. That free Memory Course is found at
If you want to use this Memory training and need more direction to do so, just ask!
For student-drivers that have completed the Driving Skills Memory Workbook and turned in the completed written work to us (as evidence of completion of the Memory Workbook) and still find they cannot memorize the steps for parking, Mr. Collins will drive to your home FREE of charge and will spend up to two hours for FREE working with any Student-driver to help memorize the steps for parking. If, after that training, a Student-driver finds that he or she cannot memorize the procedures for parking, contact us for additional training for memorizing. We set you down at a table and quote each step to you one and you restate them. We do this for one hour. So far, everyone who thought they could not memorize, did.
Every driver that has secured a driver's license in the State of Florida has memorized steps for parking and a three-point-turn. You can do it, too.
Even if the vehicle that the driver will use for the State test is not available for use for training, I still prefer to use the Client's or Student-drivers personal vehicle instead of my vehicle for parking and three point turn training. That is because I do not allow my vehicle have the steering wheel turned while the vehicle is stationary. It is very hard on the power steering over a long period of time. It will not hurt power steering if done a few hundred times, but can damage the power steering when done a few thousand times as it is when done in a vehicle use for training every day.
Most drivers learn to enter a parking space without stopping to turn the steering in a short period of time and most drivers never do a three point turn after securing their license.
If you have any remaining questions, just ask!
Parking and three-point turn are mandatory skills in order to secure a Florida Driver's license.
SUMMARY OF INFO IN THIS COLUMN. You only need to read the paragraphs that apply to you or where additional info is needed; however, you will be rewarded if you take the time to read this entire column.
WORKING AGREEMENT FOR
3-IN-3 STATE MANDATED TRAINING
Form revised June 12, 2018. This is a brand new revision of the Contract. Please allow some leeway in working out the bugs if it is needed. The leeway will always be in favor of the client and/or driver.
This is not like most on-line contracts these days where you just ignore the content and sign it. If you are a Client (financially responsible person), a Student-driver or a third party with vested interest, please read and understand every word. We will honor every word of this contract towards you and we expect you to honor every word of this contract towards us; otherwise, why have a contract? Thank you kindly. Please do not get upset with us if you do not read this and that failure on your part causes you difficulties.
This is not a short document. I wish I could make this Contract shorter and still cover all things well. I cannot. I have tried. The bold underlined print is the most important information. The bold non-underlined print is second most important. The non-bold print that follows the word "Premise" is the least important info. The non-bold print that precedes the word Premise is more important than the non-bold print that follows the word "Premise." It is not short because I am not trying to be brief but clear. I am presenting the contractual position and then giving the premise (reasons why). If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment. Please set aside one-hour. There is no charge for this service.
If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with you to our initial meeting. Some can copy, paste and reproduce and others cannot. We do not know why. Or, you can email and ask for this contract emailed to you to make reproduction easier. However, I (Joda Collins) will have two copies with me for signing non-the-less.
I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation. We live in a society were fewer and fewer people can read with comprehension. If you cannot comprehend this, please let us know so we and walk you through this info in our office by appointment. If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that removes all driver and client benefits. It has a brief limited liability clause and this sentence, "Each lesson is 75-minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever." If you are happy with that simple Contract, so am I. Just let me know. Most of my contract is the clarification of client and driver benefits and savings.
Questions? Just call 850 981-3355 or email JodaCollins@aol.com. Thank you.
Please read everything in the left column before signing the Working Agreement.
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. COLORS ARE NOT RIGHT. SORRY.
Left Column Information
Parking and Three-point turn: Red, Green and Black print
Door-to-Door Fees: This color print.
Right Column Information
Working Agreements (Contracts)
This Working Agreement (Contract) is written by me (Joda Collins), therefore, all personal references (my, me, I) are a reference to me (unless otherwise noted). "You" may be the "Client" (financially responsible individual) or the Student-driver (if different from the Client).
FOR PERSONAL USE OF OUR ACADEMY VEHICLE
STANDARD WORKING AGREEMENT
also know the Contract or as Terms and Conditions
MAXIMUM INSURANCE LIMIT
What happens your liability exceeds your car insurance? Any judgment against you for a crash in your vehicle which is the drivers fault and has judgments in excess of your insurance maximum coverage comes out of your existing estate and future earnings.
If you are poor and have nothing including the assumed lack of ability to make a future good living, you will probably not be sued. If you have anything now (house, land, property, boat, motorhome, savings, retirement, etc) you may lose all or part of it. If your estate is insufficient to cover the judgement and you are deemed capable of making a living beyond your basic needs, expect your future earning to be garnashed until the judgement/debt is paid in full.
Any half-way decent lawyer can uncover (discover) all of your assets with very little effort. Do you really want to put everything you own or will ever own or earn into the hands of the driver I am training now, at his or her current driving skill level?
1. CHARGES AND CHARGE RELATED FACTS
A. Tuition plus Scheduling Fee Minus Rebate = Charge per lesson.
(1). The charge per 75-minute is $140 weekday and $145 (non- credit card) Saturdays minus up to 10.7% Rebate. See Section C, below, for clarification of Rebates. Premise: This increase is $5 per lesson more on weekday and $10 per lesson more on Saturdays. This is my first price increase since September 2009. I either go up on my prices a little or I go out of business.
The tuition charge ($110 or $115) is the total charge of the lesson not including the $30 Scheduling Service Fee. There is no tuition charge for lessons canceled with at least a one-hour notice; however, to schedule again we reserve the right to require a non-refundable, non-transferable prepayment for the next lesson.
We collect only for the first lesson, initially.
There is an additional tuition charge of $10 per lesson for training in any vehicle but mine (Joda Collins) except for parking and three point turn training. I prefer to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training. Premise: When using your car for over-the-road training my stress level is higher, I have no second brake for safety, I have much less control of the car, many people resent being told how to drive their own car thus training is more difficult and most people drive their vehicle more aggressively than they would mine. It takes about 20% longer to train in a vehicle without a second brake; ask me why, if interested to know why.
(2). Scheduling Service Fee for every scheduled lesson is $30 even if missed and/or canceled except when missed for fear of adverse weather when there is an existing national weather advisory and cancellation occurs no sooner than two-hours before the lesson start time and no later than the lesson start time. This $30 is not in addition to the charges noted in #1 above, but included in the charge. The tuition is all remaining charge for the lesson. When you schedule a lesson after you approve this contract you owe $30 per lesson even if you miss the lesson for a good reason or reschedule it for a great reason. When you approve this contract and you have lessons scheduled, you owe a $30 Scheduling Service Fee per scheduled lesson and the Scheduling Service Fee is NOT transferable to any other lesson. Premise: We cannot take the incoming call or email, schedule lessons on our office calendar, manually remove the time/date from our on line calendar, type the intro email, set aside Mr. Collins time and our vehicle, send you the contract in the mail, protect your time and date and not allow anyone else to have it, defer all who want your date and time to later, miss your lesson and sacrifice Mr. Collins training time and do even a small portion of that for you for FREE. We would if we could. We just cannot. There is a Scheduling Service Fee because we spent that much already in admin expense and office overhead to schedule your missed lesson. We spent that on you on credit. We extended to you credit! It costs me about at least $30 in administration expense (secretaries and office expense) to schedule a lesson that is missed. I expect you (the Client) to pay that scheduling service expense even if you miss a lesson for a great or a combination of great reasons since the scheduling service is a service to you and the scheduling expense does not magically go away if you miss the lesson for a good reason. You will be billed via the mail for $30 for the missed lesson. If you feel you should not have to pay it because I should work for you for FREE, throw the billing away. If you think I and my staff should be reimbursed for our time and my expense, pay the $30.00. If you think $30 is unfair, pay what you think is fair. Pay in the form of cash, money order, cashier's check or personal check in the envelope provided. The envelope is secure and paper money cannot be seen. I've never lost anything in the mail nor do I know of anyone who has. Your envelope will not be lost. If, however, you are not billed, I do not expect you to pay as I opted to served you for free and pay the admin expense (secretarial staff) out my pocket to schedule your missed lesson. Just for clarification, it does not cost me less time, energy or money to endure a missed lesson that is missed for a good reason compared to a lesson that is missed for a bad reason. The $30 is not a penalty for missing a lesson; it is a reimbursement for service already rendered to you on credit. Please do not hand me the check or the money. Mail it in the already addressed and stamped security envelope you will get in the mail; there is a good reason for this policy. If you want to know the reason, ask. If you would rather pay more per lesson than the mandatory Scheduling Service Fee for each missed lesson, let me know and I will clarify this option for you.
(3). Rebates: Pay for scheduled lessons by the start of lesson two and get a rebate at the end of those pre-paid scheduled lessons (retroactive to lesson one) in the amount of:
$15 (total) for three prepaid lessons not missed and/or canceled or (not plus)
$30 (total) for four prepaid lessons not missed or canceled (not plus)
Best Value/Benefit: $70 (total) for five prepaid lessons not missed or canceled.
Six or more prepaid lessons not missed = $70 for first five and $10 per lesson thereafter. We hesitate to accept pre-scheduling for more than seven lessons in advance. We will, however, accept payment for more than seven lessons in advance with as signed attachment that clarifies important details not found herein. Scheduled lessons are considered paid for in advance if paid in full by the start of lesson two.
The Rebate is only paid on prepaid lessons that are NOT missed for any reasonincluding a superior reason or a combination of superior reasons including but not limited to adverse weather conditions (except as clarified in 1A(2) above), sickness, car trouble, work scheduled or death in the family. Premise: Missed appointments do not cost me less when missed because of a good reason. I have never had a missed lesson for a bad reason. When prepayment is made by the start of lesson two for a two or more scheduled lessons in addition to lesson one, the Rebate is retroactive to lesson one.
Rebates are paid at the start of the last paid for lesson.
B. Visa/MasterCard: All quoted charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard. To calculate fees when using Visa or MasterCard multiply the total by 1.1111112. Since we are only multiplying the total, the full discount may be closer to 11%. Premise: Visa and MasterCard fees are high. I would rather have more profit than give my profit to the credit card company. I will not use credit and pay the extra fees for doing so. I do not charge everyone extra to cover the expense of using credit. I give a discount for not using credit. The 10% discount is less cost to me than the total of all visa and mastercard fees.
C. Cancellations: See 1A(2) above.
D. Refunds: Under no conditions are funds paid for completed or started lessons refundable. Stop training if and when progress is unacceptable, when your driving goal is met or for any other reason, and get a refund on all prepaid lessons that, otherwise, qualify by contractual agreement for a full refund.
E. Rescheduling: We do not reschedule. We schedule, cancel and schedule again. Premise: Rescheduling implies a smooth one-step process that costs us little or nothing in admin expense to accomplish. Scheduling, canceling and scheduling again signifies a three-step process that is three times the admin expense to accomplish. Rescheduling costs me over $21,000 in hard-cold cash (salaries) before I started charging the $30 Scheduling Service Fee.
F. This is not a contract to use my vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.
G. I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not get a notice for and you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance. If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.
H. Door-to-door fee is about 60% of a round trip taxi and slightly less than a round trip UBER @ $1.60 per round trip mile (no time in traffic fee) from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, six miles east of Pensacola. The start location for the first lesson when no door to door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton). This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building, enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left. My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.
I. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
3. PRE-SCHEDULING LIMIT
We do not recommend scheduling more than seven lessons in advance because the chances of missing a lesson and incurring the $30 missed lessons Scheduling Service Fee increases the further in the future the lessons are scheduled. We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.
4. PREPAY LIMIT
A. We do not accept pre-payment for lessons not on our scheduling calendar by 7pm the night prior to lesson two. We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons. Premise: Those who are too busy to scheduling in advance are almost always too busy to take driving lessons, so why take advance payment on lessons that are not scheduled and will probably never be scheduled?
B. Under normal conditions we do not collect in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons. If you want to pay in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons, we have an attachment for you to sign that has details not covered in this document.
5. CONDITIONS FOR CHARGES WITH NO OR LIMITED SERVICE OR BEFORE SERVICE.
A. Unlike most driving schools that require a 24 to 48-hour notice, I require only a one-hour notice except as noted in 1A(2). If you do not provide at least a one hour notice, except as otherwise clarified in 1A(2), you owe 100% of the tuition and scheduling fee.
B. If you have door-to-door service and are not at your door to start the lesson, you owe 100% of the door-to-door fee, tuition and scheduling fee.
C. We reserve the right to require advance payment of tuition, scheduling fee and/or the door-to-door fee when providing door-to-door service.
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7. EARLY TERMINATION
A. The Client can terminate this agreement at any time for any reason with at least a one-hour notice and receive 100% of prepaid fees that, otherwise by Contract, qualify for full refund. Driver and Client should continue training only if progress meets expectations.
B. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.
8. COURSE ENROLLMENT
A. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, we provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but we do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation. Clients (not Drivers) not enrolled in a Course must tell Mr. Collins (our only instructor) what he or she wants to learn each lesson.
B. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic. Premise: These are the most important driving skills that keep us crash free. They are priority. And, they are required skills to have in order to secure a driver's license at any driver license office where they require over the road testing.
9. VERBAL AGREEMENTS
A. Florida law does not allow verbal agreements between driving schools, drivers and/or clients on matters that may rise to the level of possible litigation. We have no nor do we honor any verbal agreements, ever -- because everything can qualify for litigation these days!
B. We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."
C. We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."
D. If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!
10. LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating. When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.
B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts. This is not my law. This is THE law.
C. If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.
11. ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT
Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by you, in writing.
12. PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
A. If you want parking and three point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.
B. Read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document. Do you have any questions about that section? Circle One: YES NO. If you circled YES, please ask your questions before signing this document.
A. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.
B. I prefer, but do not require, the Client to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy." I would rather spend the training time making the driver safer not happy. If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it. Thank you. I have made the sermon as sweet as I know how but still make the important points.
C. I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.
14. NON-BINDING ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS
If a Client rides during the first lesson I will usually provide a non-binding estimate of how many more lessons I think driver will need to reach whatever driving skill level the driver and/or you (the Client) seeks. If the Client does not ride for the first lesson, the Client has no way to place a value on each lesson, so an estimate is worthless. The only way a Client can evaluate the value of my training/teaching is to ride with the driver between each lesson and evaluate the progress. If training fails to meet your expectations, quit training and get a refund of any and all unused funds that qualify, by contractual agreement, for a full refund.
15. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATIONS
List or your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here. If none, write "None."
ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER:
A. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this contract and Attachment One (below or attached). If you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done.
B. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document and Attachment One as they apply to me. You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.
C. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document and Attachment One takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal.
D. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all.
E. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.
Client (Financially Responsible Person)
Driver (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
Joda Collins Driving Acdy
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.
Eats and Drinks: No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap. To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to: http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html
Shoes: For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.
Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training. This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends. Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.
Insurance Discount? Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.
A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive. Do not forget to bring it with you.
CLIENT AND/OR STUDENT-DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY
A. Read this Contract well and understand it completely, please. Doing so may avoid a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings in the future. Often people just assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not. I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business. If, however, you want to change something in this Contract or Attachment, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges. I cannot charge less and stay in business.
B. Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson). If you cannot, did not or forget to do this we will stop by my office or an retail copy place and get a copy. If I have the extra time, i will add to your driving time the time it takes to secure that copy.
B. I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation. If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that has a liability waiver and removes all driver and client benefits and simply states, "Each lesson is 75 minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever." If you are happy with that one sentence Contract that is void of any Client/Driver benefits or kindness shown, so am I. Just let me know.
C. If you do not get a phone call or an email one or two days prior to your driving lesson to remind you of the driving lesson there IS a mix-up in your schedule; please call to confirm appointment. Failure to call to confirm (if you do not get a confirmation call or email) rids me (Joda Collins) of any responsibility if I miss the appointment. Keeping driving schedules accurate is a joint-venture. Thank you!
D. Keep your word, that is - honor this contract. I will keep my word to you. I have grown so very weary of people who think that because they did not read the contract before they signed it that they are not responsible to honor the contact. That is so immature! If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me. Thank you.
Office: 850 981-3355
Cell: 850 304-1870
TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
After reading the above Section (Six),
1. Scroll up to the top of this page and click on WELCOME in the heading.
2. From that WELCOME page, select a date and time more than 24 hours from now.
3. Email JodaCollins@aol.com or call 850 981-3355 with your name, telephone number and appointment date/time request.
We will contact you with and for further details, usually, within two hours, OR
4. Do none of the above and just call 850 981-3355.