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Survey: Drivers Want Even Tougher Tests for Learners

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, July 14, 2017

How many of us have waxed lyrical about what it was like to get a driving licence back in the 'good old days'? It seems many of us have forgotten the pressure we faced as we sat next to the tester hoping and praying we did not make a critical mistake that would send us home without that coveted licence. So much so, in fact, that drivers responding to a recent survey are in favour of even tougher tests for learners.

A recent Confused.com survey cited by The Sun in a June 27th (2017) story shows widespread support for the driving test changes due to take effect from December 4th. Those changes include a new sat nav requirement, among others, while also getting rid of the requirements to reverse around a corner and complete a three-point turn. But already licenced drivers apparently want more.

According to The Sun, drivers want to see the following:

  • More training and testing to improve awareness of motorcyclists and bicyclists
  • Targeted testing for both urban and rural driving
  • Education and testing regarding general road etiquette
  • Testing of motorway driving skills
  • Testing of night-time driving skills.

It is interesting to note that the drivers surveyed like the four changes coming in December but do not think those changes go far enough. We wonder how additional changes would be reflected in electronic licence checks should additional training and testing ever be made remedial.

Protect Yourself and Your Company

It is clear from survey data that already licenced drivers do not believe learners are given enough instruction or testing to ensure their competence behind the wheel. It is also clear that the government has updated the driving test to bring it more in line with the real-life experience drivers face in the modern world. When all is said and done though, every driver is still responsible for his or her own actions on the road.

As an employer with drivers on your payroll, it's imperative that you understand your legal and ethical responsibilities. It is also critically important that you perform regular electronic licence checks on all employees with driving responsibilities. A given employee's licence may have been fully in order when first hired, but things change over time. How do you know your employees are still eligible to drive if you're not checking licences from time to time?

Sources:

The Sun – https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/3893712/should-motorways-and-night-time-driving-be-included-in-the-driving-test-motorists-back-plans-to-make-even-more-changes-for-learners/

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