Driv­ing test is log­i­cal

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS | OPINION -

THE State Gov­ern­ment’s move to­wards more high-tech learner driver test­ing comes as no great sur­prise.

With ev­ery teenager glued to their mo­bile phone, tablet or lap­top these days, mak­ing them sit through a test on pa­per was al­most ar­chaic.

The gov­ern­ment will to­day un­veil de­tails of the new program which will be tested by stu­dents from sev­eral high schools, in­clud­ing Moun­tain Creek State High.

At this stage we know it will include driv­ing sim­u­la­tion tasks and “pow­er­ful real-life in­ter­views”, which sug­gests learner driv­ers will get to see and hear about some of the harsh re­al­i­ties of road ac­ci­dents and get an in­sight into the im­pact their ac­tions can have on them­selves, their friends, their fam­i­lies and other road users.

With the finer de­tails of this program to be un­veiled to­day, it re­mains to be seen how much of it is com­pul­sory.

We hope the “pow­er­ful” in­ter­views are.

An­other as­pect that re­mains to be seen is how the gov­ern­ment will pro­tect the program from cheats.

Many teens are so com­puter-savvy, they know how to nav­i­gate their way behind a web­site, so hack­ing in to cheat on their driv­ing test will be al­most too good a chal­lenge to ig­nore.

With this scheme set to go maybe it’s now time we con­sid­ered the need for all driv­ers to be tested reg­u­larly.

It seems lu­di­crous that sit­ting one test at the age of 17 al­lows us to drive for the rest of our lives without fur­ther scru­tiny of our knowl­edge.

Surely com­pul­sory test­ing ev­ery five years wouldn’t be un­rea­son­able, would it?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.