Driving licence pass rates plummet
The success rate for passing the new restricted licence test has been halved.After nine weeks under the harder tests, nearly 9000 tests have been conducted and the overall pass rate is 41 per cent.It was 80 per cent under the old system.NZTA spokesman Andy Knackstedt said learner drivers will have to put in a lot of practice to pass, and will need to appreciate the test is a lot harder."More practice and preparation is needed for people sitting the test, and that's our clear message to learner drivers, that this test is more challenging."We fully expect that with a more challenging test that the pass rate will drop. We also expect that gradually, over time, as that message filters through that more preparation and practice is needed, it will begin to rise.''Andy Knackstedt said learner drivers need to have 120 hours' practice under their belt before sitting the test.
Every single time someone has to sit this test it costs another $86.00.
I know of someone who failed recently. The instructor failed this person because he did not indicate while passing parked vehicles on an unmarked residential road.
If everyone indicated every time we drove past a parked car - our indicators would be on 99% of the time.
The instructor did not even give the person who took the test a clear reason of exactly what he did wrong. He just said something about not indicating while passing parked cars and they then returned to the testing centre. His writing on the form that was supposed to explain why this person had failed - was illegible.
This person had to immediately fork out another $86.00 and had to wait another 8 weeks to resit the test.
I have been a passenger while this person has been driving and his driving was faultless.
A 41% pass rate is nothing more than revenue collection.
Pretty unbelievable that they can get away with this really.