Learner drivers do better
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.