Driv­ing tests are sup­posed to be test­ing

The Press - - Perspective -

I was sad­dened to read the com­ment re driv­ing test fail­ures (July 29). If you are not up to the stan­dard you will fail, sim­ple. In NZ to pass a re­stricted (1R) test you’ll need about 120 hours of on road driv­ing. Most who fail, do so by there own mis­takes and/or not hav­ing enough ex­pe­ri­ence, this is what makes up the statis­tics.

No­body is proud of fail­ure and will al­ways blame the test­ing of­fi­cers (TO). Ever sat be­hind some­one who won’t move when there is a good gap in the traf­fic? Very frus­trat­ing. Ever driven around a bend to find some­one on your side of the road? Fright­en­ing.

The test is of a higher stan­dard than 3-4 years ago, so it’s harder to pass. Not the TO’s fault. Sim­ply get some train­ing from a pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor and your chances in­crease im­me­di­ately. Peter Foulds South Brighton

Cut young driv­ers a break

I have been driv­ing since 1968 and re­cently took ad­van­tage of the AA’s driv­ing check for older driv­ers to make sure I hadn’t ac­quired too many bad habits. I have no­ticed over the past few years that the test sys­tem seems to have be­come bi­ased against pass­ing young peo­ple.

Dun­can Gar­ner hit the spot in his ar­ti­cle (July 29), where he points out that young un­em­ployed peo­ple would find ob­tain­ing a job far eas­ier if they could legally drive. Fail­ing an av­er­age of 25 per cent of ap­pli­cants seems ridicu­lous.

Th­ese peo­ple of­ten can not af­ford ex­ces­sive costs and Dun­can’s sug­ges­tion of driver train­ing in schools should be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately. The AA would surely be in­ter­ested in help­ing with such a scheme, which would ben­e­fit all of us and re­sult in bet­ter driv­ers on our roads. Vic Smith Hal­swell

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