Learner driv­ers do bet­ter

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­lan­ders are do­ing bet­ter at learn­ing road rules. The learner’s li­cense pass rate in Auck­land went up from 45 per cent in 2009 to 66 per cent this year.

The com­put­erised tests were in­tro­duced in 2009 and New Zealand Trans­port Agency road safety di­rec­tor Ernst Zoll­ner says the old test was worn out.

‘‘The old test was more than 10 years old and all of the ques­tions, the an­swers and their ex­act se­quences were well known. It was ap­par­ent that many learner li­cence ap­pli­cants were mem­o­ris­ing the tests rather than ac­tu­ally study­ing the full road code and learn­ing the road rules.

‘‘For that rea­son we ex­pected to see a drop in the pass rate in the early days of com­put­erised test­ing, and we did.’’

An­other pos­i­tive re­sult is that fa­tal and se­ri­ous in­jury crashes in­volv­ing teen driv­ers has al­most halved from since 2008 from 475 to 257.

‘‘We’re very pleased to see fewer teenagers be­ing se­ri­ously hurt or killed on our roads, but ev­ery death and se­ri­ous in­jury is a tragedy, and we need to do bet­ter,’’ the agency says.

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