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.