Testing too restrictive here?

LETTER

My 19-year-old daughter recently passed her restricted driving test, which was wonderful for her and for us as a family. Sadly, she had to travel out of town to achieve this.

She attempted the restricted driving test here in Gisborne four times. Interestingly, two professional driving instructors told her she was a competent driver and ready to sit the restricted test. The driving tester out of town also complimented her driving ability.

This process has caused her and our family considerable stress, not to mention the financial cost (over $500).

My daughter is not the only young person struggling to pass this test. Come on VTNZ, surely there is something wrong with this picture?

I worry that this issue may lead to young people driving on our roads illegally.

Disappointed

My 19-year-old daughter recently passed her restricted driving test, which was wonderful for her and for us as a family. Sadly, she had to travel out of town to achieve this.

She attempted the restricted driving test here in Gisborne four times. Interestingly, two professional driving instructors told her she was a competent driver and ready to sit the restricted test. The driving tester out of town also complimented her driving ability.

This process has caused her and our family considerable stress, not to mention the financial cost (over $500).

My daughter is not the only young person struggling to pass this test. Come on VTNZ, surely there is something wrong with this picture?

I worry that this issue may lead to young people driving on our roads illegally.

Disappointed

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John Fricker - 11 days ago
You may well be disappointed but the purpose of the driving test is to ensure a driver is sufficiently competent to take to the roads unaccompanied.
The test is for the good of other road users as well as the driver him/her self.
How much is a life worth? I'd say that $500 is pretty cheap.
Other test centres may have lower standards but that serves nobody well.

Paula - 10 days ago
There is a difference between being a Competent Driver and being a Qualified Driver. If the Driving Assessor here in Gisborne felt your daughter was not yet ready to be a Qualified Driver, then maybe rather than looking for an instant easy way to bend the rules, you as responsible parents could have paid for your daughter to have a couple more driving lessons focused on the areas she had previously failed in? That way the rest of the Gisborne population could be assured a Qualified Driver was now on the road. Not one whose parents could afford to find a way to bend the rules and take her to another city who has a more lenient assessor. I congratulate our Driving Assessors for maintaining a high standard, just a shame that as parents you forgot to focus on safety.