Improving UK driving standards

I would like to see a longer, log book style route to becoming a qualified driver.  Our test at the moment, teaches new drivers to drive in town centres and nothing else.  I find it amazing that, in theory and often in practise, a new driver can hit the roads with no experience of dual carrigeway, motorway, nighttime, or adverse weather driving.

I would like to see a log book of competencies, ticked off by a qualified driving instructor, that demonstrates learner drivers have reached an acceptable standard in all aspects of driving.

I would also not rule out fully qualified drivers having to demonstrate that they are competent in all these areas of driving, I'm not just picking on new drivers

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see a longer, log book style route to becoming a qualified driver.  Our test at the moment, teaches new drivers to drive in town centres and nothing else.  I find it amazing that, in theory and often in practise, a new driver can hit the roads with no experience of dual carrigeway, motorway, nighttime, or adverse weather driving.

I would like to see a log book of competencies, ticked off by a qualified driving instructor, that demonstrates learner drivers have reached an acceptable standard in all aspects of driving.

I would also not rule out fully qualified drivers having to demonstrate that they are competent in all these areas of driving, I'm not just picking on new drivers

Test for the Elderly

The law should be amended to make it mandatory for a person, over the age of say 70, to be checked at the local test centre to ensure that they are still competent to be in charge of a motor vehicle.

The law as it now stands only requires that the driver completes a form attesting that he is in good health and capable to be in charge of a motor vehicle.

My father has only been forced to surrender his license after being hospitalised; age 90.

I took up this matter with the DVLA in Swansea on 2 occassion. The first they said that they would investigate but only sent him another form to complete and return.

The second time I advised that if he harmed hinmself of another member of the public, I would take this to the press.

Result – he was informed to attend a medical examination, at a choosing of the DVLA. He then surrender his license.

For those readers who may complain about hardship for the cost of the test at regular intervals, his insurance each year was over 700 pounds and that for a smallest Ford Fiesta.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

The law should be amended to make it mandatory for a person, over the age of say 70, to be checked at the local test centre to ensure that they are still competent to be in charge of a motor vehicle.

The law as it now stands only requires that the driver completes a form attesting that he is in good health and capable to be in charge of a motor vehicle.

My father has only been forced to surrender his license after being hospitalised; age 90.

I took up this matter with the DVLA in Swansea on 2 occassion. The first they said that they would investigate but only sent him another form to complete and return.

The second time I advised that if he harmed hinmself of another member of the public, I would take this to the press.

Result – he was informed to attend a medical examination, at a choosing of the DVLA. He then surrender his license.

For those readers who may complain about hardship for the cost of the test at regular intervals, his insurance each year was over 700 pounds and that for a smallest Ford Fiesta.

 

 

REMOVAL OF B + E TRAILER AND LGV ADDITIONAL VEHICLE TESTS

I believe that vehicles which are substantially different to cars should require extra training but the cost to do this should be capped and the test prices should be considerably lower. However, vehicles which are more similar should not. Its common sense and we need to get of this crazy nanny state we ahve become and allow people to think for themselves.

By having so many diffierent vehcile tests and making costs of them so high it encourages people to drive illegally because they cannot afford to do it.

I have a full driving license and have recently had to pay £700 in order to take my trailer B + E class driving test to enable me to tow a horse trailer. I am horrified and disgusted about having to pay so much money to do this especially when I am covered under my current license to tow a trailer under 750kgs. The technique is exactly the same and quite honestly I have been driving a trailer with a horse in illegally because I was non the wiser.. the DVLA website is awful.

If you have passed you test prior to 1997 then you are automatically able to drive a trailer with a horse in or something of similar weight. If driving tests are supposed to be getting harder then surely it should be those who pass prior to 1997 who should take the test. What was in the water prior to 1997 that gave those taking their tests the gift of a better driving technique??

 

The entire system contradicts itself and is totally inconsistent. Its poor level of thought behind it just further causes people anger and highlights the fact this is another money taking scheme that quite simply is not fair on those trying to behave responsibly. I should have been able to spend the £700 on a better, safer horse trailer instead of having to really save to do an unnessesary test.

It’s infuriating and another old labour policy penalising people trying to behave appropriately and taking more of their hard earned money!!!!!!!!!

Why is this idea important?

I believe that vehicles which are substantially different to cars should require extra training but the cost to do this should be capped and the test prices should be considerably lower. However, vehicles which are more similar should not. Its common sense and we need to get of this crazy nanny state we ahve become and allow people to think for themselves.

By having so many diffierent vehcile tests and making costs of them so high it encourages people to drive illegally because they cannot afford to do it.

I have a full driving license and have recently had to pay £700 in order to take my trailer B + E class driving test to enable me to tow a horse trailer. I am horrified and disgusted about having to pay so much money to do this especially when I am covered under my current license to tow a trailer under 750kgs. The technique is exactly the same and quite honestly I have been driving a trailer with a horse in illegally because I was non the wiser.. the DVLA website is awful.

If you have passed you test prior to 1997 then you are automatically able to drive a trailer with a horse in or something of similar weight. If driving tests are supposed to be getting harder then surely it should be those who pass prior to 1997 who should take the test. What was in the water prior to 1997 that gave those taking their tests the gift of a better driving technique??

 

The entire system contradicts itself and is totally inconsistent. Its poor level of thought behind it just further causes people anger and highlights the fact this is another money taking scheme that quite simply is not fair on those trying to behave responsibly. I should have been able to spend the £700 on a better, safer horse trailer instead of having to really save to do an unnessesary test.

It’s infuriating and another old labour policy penalising people trying to behave appropriately and taking more of their hard earned money!!!!!!!!!

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Raise the minimum driving age to 18 (or 21)

Raise the minimum age of driving test applicants to 18, or 21. Make them sit two tests – an oral one lasting 30 minutes based on the highway code, and then the actual driving test itself – before they can be considered fully conversant with the rules of the road.  

Why is this idea important?

Raise the minimum age of driving test applicants to 18, or 21. Make them sit two tests – an oral one lasting 30 minutes based on the highway code, and then the actual driving test itself – before they can be considered fully conversant with the rules of the road.  

Driving Test Change

1) All drivers over the age of 60 will have to retake their driving test.

2) All learners are not able to take their test until at least after a years worth of practice, and limit the power of the car according to their age. Do not allow them to drive vehicles with power they are unable to handle.

 

eg.

17-20 –  110bhp max

21-24 – 150bhp max

25+ – 150bhp +

Why is this idea important?

1) All drivers over the age of 60 will have to retake their driving test.

2) All learners are not able to take their test until at least after a years worth of practice, and limit the power of the car according to their age. Do not allow them to drive vehicles with power they are unable to handle.

 

eg.

17-20 –  110bhp max

21-24 – 150bhp max

25+ – 150bhp +

Mandatory Driver Refresher Training

I think the time has come to admit that the driving test is simply not enough to keep our driver and roads safe. Standards deteriorate, attititudes change, and knowledge decays.

I believe we now need to introduce Mandatory Driver Refresher Training for all licence holders, to be carried out before the reissue of the photocard licence, ie. every 10 years. Up to 5 hours with a qualified driving instructor, there would be no test.

It is evident from some of the ideas posted here already that attitudes to what makes safe driving are very different, and in some instances, those attitiudes are dangerous. The cost to society of fatalities and injuries is enormous, in terms of loss of life or recovery, to the financial cost of dealing with and clearing up after the incidents. Most drivers simply will not take responsibility for safe driving.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the standards of our newly qualified drivers and the danger they face during their first two years. The reality is that many come to a driving instructor with poor standards already engrained into them by their parents and their peers. The driving instructor has somewhere in the region of 40 hours to change that, and its simply not enough. Once they have passed, their standards slip because the poor standard they see is what they will come to accept is the norm.

So, 5 hours of refresher training to be completed by all drivers every ten years. This, I reckon, will be poorly received by most, but it is a direction we have to take. Attitudes must change.

Why is this idea important?

I think the time has come to admit that the driving test is simply not enough to keep our driver and roads safe. Standards deteriorate, attititudes change, and knowledge decays.

I believe we now need to introduce Mandatory Driver Refresher Training for all licence holders, to be carried out before the reissue of the photocard licence, ie. every 10 years. Up to 5 hours with a qualified driving instructor, there would be no test.

It is evident from some of the ideas posted here already that attitudes to what makes safe driving are very different, and in some instances, those attitiudes are dangerous. The cost to society of fatalities and injuries is enormous, in terms of loss of life or recovery, to the financial cost of dealing with and clearing up after the incidents. Most drivers simply will not take responsibility for safe driving.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the standards of our newly qualified drivers and the danger they face during their first two years. The reality is that many come to a driving instructor with poor standards already engrained into them by their parents and their peers. The driving instructor has somewhere in the region of 40 hours to change that, and its simply not enough. Once they have passed, their standards slip because the poor standard they see is what they will come to accept is the norm.

So, 5 hours of refresher training to be completed by all drivers every ten years. This, I reckon, will be poorly received by most, but it is a direction we have to take. Attitudes must change.

Remove the requirement to take a seperate “Trailer Driving Test”

Any person who gained a driving licence after 1997 is required to take another driving test with trailer in order to gain the entitlement. I would propose that this be scrapped and all licences carry the trailer entitlement.

Why is this idea important?

Any person who gained a driving licence after 1997 is required to take another driving test with trailer in order to gain the entitlement. I would propose that this be scrapped and all licences carry the trailer entitlement.

Tougher penalties for drink driving offences.

The current penalties for driving a vehicle while intoxicated are currently far too light. On average 3000 people a year are killed and many more injured purely as a consequence of another persons negligence.

The penalties need to be stiffer to discourage those who would think about driving drunk, and to punish those who throw reckless abandon to the law.

I would propose a zero-tolerance approach, as there really is no excuse. One does not 'accidentally' drink several pints and then 'accidentally' drive a vehicle.

I would advocate disqualifying a driver on a first offence (requiring them to retake their test) and a mandatory 3 year ban if they seriously injure someone on a first offence. Multiple offences should carry lifelong driving bans and jail sentences for causing death or disability as a result of drunk driving.

Why is this idea important?

The current penalties for driving a vehicle while intoxicated are currently far too light. On average 3000 people a year are killed and many more injured purely as a consequence of another persons negligence.

The penalties need to be stiffer to discourage those who would think about driving drunk, and to punish those who throw reckless abandon to the law.

I would propose a zero-tolerance approach, as there really is no excuse. One does not 'accidentally' drink several pints and then 'accidentally' drive a vehicle.

I would advocate disqualifying a driver on a first offence (requiring them to retake their test) and a mandatory 3 year ban if they seriously injure someone on a first offence. Multiple offences should carry lifelong driving bans and jail sentences for causing death or disability as a result of drunk driving.

Driving Test Every Five Years

Everyone should be issued a driving licence that only lasts 5 years. When it needs to be renewed they should have to re sit their driving test. This would increase the driving standards dramatically and remove the people, currently on the road, that shouldn't be there. Driving is a privalage and not a right.

Why is this idea important?

Everyone should be issued a driving licence that only lasts 5 years. When it needs to be renewed they should have to re sit their driving test. This would increase the driving standards dramatically and remove the people, currently on the road, that shouldn't be there. Driving is a privalage and not a right.