Should Motorists be Made Aware of Trainee Driving Instructors?
The moment in which a person takes their first lesson behind the wheel of a car can be a significant part of their lives, symbolising new found freedom when lessons eventually lead to a passed driving test.
But whilst many of us will look over to the instructor sitting on our left and assume that they are fully qualified driving instructors, in some cases the person on our left could be a student themselves.
The AA recently conducted a survey asking whether learner drivers should be informed if their driving instructor is still learning whilst on the job. They found that as many as 97% of people believe that they should.
As a result, the AA is calling on the government to force driving schools to make their students aware of such situations. They believe that if a trainee instructor is teaching someone how to drive, then that person should be made aware of it.
At present, if an instructor is a trainee themselves, then the only legal requirement is that they have is to display a pink badge on the windscreen. However, the AA’s study also discovered that only 6% of people know what the pink badge actually means; in fact 16% of people believe that a pink badge demonstrates that their driving teacher a fully qualified instructor.
If the instructor is fully qualified then they will in fact display a green badge in the window that shows that they have passed all of the necessary exams to reach their position.
The AA Survey, carried out by Populus, shows that not only are people unaware when a trainee instructor is taking them for a lesson, most people are concerned at the level of skills people receive following such lessons. People are also concerned about paying the same price for an instructor that is yet to pass all of their exams.
Edmund King, the President of the AA, highlights how significant this issue is by pointing out how united people are when it comes to the topic, “Parents have serious concerns about entrusting young learners with trainee instructors.
“One in five new drivers will have an accident within a year of passing their test, so it’s only natural to want the best instruction. Yet driving schools do not even have to tell you when the person teaching your son or daughter is learning on the job.”
Source: AA Press Release Nov 2009