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Scrap Independent Driving Section of Driving Test

Comment 2nd July 2010

As of 4th October 2010 every novice driver taking their practical driving test will be required to undertake a 10 minute independent drive which will involve the examiner asking the pupil to follow signs to a known destination; or follow a string of 3 or 4 verbal instructions; or follow 3 or 4  direction changes from a diagram, or a combination of all of them.

This introduction should be scrapped forthwith…

Why does this matter?

Around 20% of drivers coming for practical driving test who have special needs will be discriminated against because they suffer from a variety of issues as a result of ASD; ADHD; ASPERGERS; DISPRAXIA; DYSLEXIA etc. The plans have been poorly thought out – the consultation was not detailed enough – even though organisations were consulted – but not listened to, as usual!!

This is a very stressful time for anyone taking an examination – let alone a driving examination that for most will have life changing consequences – pass or fail. Putting such an insensitive insert into the practial examination, which appears to be a one size fits all, will do nothing for Road Safety but everthing for raking in additional fees for all those who fail because of their illness or disability.

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