The government is to introduce new measures to make learning to drive more lucrative for the instructors and examiners, er sorry, that should have read more rigorous, in an attempt to curb the rising number of deaths amongst young drivers.
The cost of learning to drive will increase by about £500 and it will take more lessons over a longer period of time before drivers can take their test, thus meaning that most people will not be passing a test when they are 17. This wil drastically reduce the number of 17 year old drivers involved in road traffic accidents. DOH!
I read today that only 7% of driving instructors attain the top grade of 6 when they take their exam. The vast majority attain grade 4, which is the barest minimum, below that and they fail and have to take their exam again.
Now surely this is the place to start. Given that being in charge of a ton of metal capable of moving at speeds of up to 70mph (that’s for those of you who think young men are liable to stick to the rules of the road) is a pretty challenging and dangerous thing to do, especially when there are lots of other young people in charge of similar chunks of metal, shouldn’t the instruction be top notch all the time?
Surely driving instructors should be two or three cuts, at least, above Joe Public and this governments favourite buzzword of “excellence” should be strictly applied as the target for instructors and examiners to strive for.
How on earth do they expect to get people to drive to a reasonable, safe standard if the instructors are merely mediocre?