My first reaction was that I couldn’t see what the problem is here.
There is nothing whatsoever but I can think of that would be a problem in doing what as proposed.
The potential problem is the lack of training because of the mentor is driving the men talking demonstrate whatever it is that being tested which he can’t do from the passenger seat.
Further, at some stage, a customer may require the mechanic to come out with the customer for the customer to replicate a particular problem and if the mechanic couldn’t do that then he is not actually capable of doing the job.
Now: having said all that, under the Equality Act the employer is a duty to make reasonable adjustments for the disability and for the purposes of the Act this is a disability but it depends whether this adjustment would be deemed to be reasonable bearing in mind the size of the employer and also, importantly the nature of the job and even more importantly exactly what the effect would be of the required adjustment.
So whilst there is nothing wrong with what is being proposed, what is extremely important is, what would the problem be if the apprentice could not sit in the passenger seat while being driven?
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