P-PLATE PROB­LEM

Comment News (Armadale) - - Opinion -

THERE is a pop­u­lar pre­tence that Pplates have some­thing to do with road safety.

And it is in­di­cated that an ab­sence or pres­ence of P-plates is a re­li­able gauge of the depth of any mo­torist’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

The pe­riod of pro­ba­tion is purely time-based and it has no link at all to any de­gree of ex­pe­ri­ence.

One mo­torist might pass through the whole of the P-plate stage with­out hav­ing added any ex­pe­ri­ence what­so­ever, leav­ing P-plates on top of the fridge and re­frain­ing from driv­ing. Another might have ac­crued decades of driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore ap­ply­ing for a li­cence.

Canny drivers are a bit wary of all other ve­hi­cles and not just ones with P-plates.

ALF CAMP­BELL, Kenwick.

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