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IrelandOver 125,000 learner drivers taking advantage of loop hole to avoid taking full drivers test

17:41  23 april  2019
17:41  23 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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More than 220, 000 learner drivers are preparing to take the new driving test - with changes including following directions from a sat nav. Road accidents are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19, and DVSA chief driving examiner

At Learn Driving UK, we have been strong advocates of the Pass Plus Scheme for newly-qualified drivers which includes a practical motorway module. There is an opportunity now to capitalise on the enthusiasm of learner drivers by offering motorway training prior to taking the practical driving test .

Over 125,000 learner drivers taking advantage of loop hole to avoid taking full drivers test © Catalyst Images Over 125,000 learner drivers are taking advantage of a loop hole to avoid taking their full drivers test.

Under current rules a driver can renew their learner permit once they book their full test, but are not required to provide any proof that they actually took the test.

It is understood that a number of proposals are being considered by the Department of Transport to combat this issue, including increasing the cost of a learner permit and obliging a driver to secure lessons before renewing their permit.

The Irish Times reports that up to 500 people per week are booking their test and are then failing to show up for examination.

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Aspiring learner drivers who take our practice tests and read the DMV manual are 73% more likely to pass than those who study the manual alone. Leave everything else at the door, and give your full attention to the task at hand. Over 80, 000 aspiring American drivers use Driving - Tests .org daily.

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The average national waiting time for a driving test is currently 8.4 weeks, however, as of March 2019, over 28,000 people were still awaiting a scheduled date for their full test.

The recently introduced Clancy Amendment has enforced penalties on learner permit holders, who are driving unaccompanied by a fully licensed driver.

Over 125,000 learner drivers taking advantage of loop hole to avoid taking full drivers test © PA L plate on a car.

Fianna Fáil spokesman for transport, Robert Troy says that more people will take their driving test if waiting lists are reduced further.

Deputy Troy said: “We have raised this issue before, that change is needed to quicken the process by which driving instructors are recruited.

“This is needed to reduce the waiting list for those looking to do their full drivers test.

“There has been some progress on this, but people are still waiting way too long in some towns.

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Learner drivers are currently prohibited from driving on motorways. We propose to amend this law so that motorway driving can be incorporated into a learner driver ’s pre- test instruction. International research shows that increasing the amount of real world practice can better prepare learners for

Where can I take my driving theory test in the UK? You may take your permit test at your local DVSA office. You can drive on your full , valid out-of-country driving licence for 12 months from the day when you become resident in the UK. Over 15, 000 UK learner drivers use TopTests.co.uk daily.

“We are continuing to put pressure on the Minister [Shane Ross] in relation to this.

“Our position was that the Clancy Amendment shouldn’t have come into until the backlog of learner drivers was addressed.

“There should have been a loading period that gave people a fair chance to meet this new legislation.

“It has always been against the law for learner drivers to drive without a fully licenced driver in the car. This law is now being strictly enforced in comparison to recent years.”

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