The Road Safety Authority is planning to allow driving instructors to sit in on the test itself. The initial pilot of the changes will take place in Waterford and Thurles over a 6-week period. In a letter from the RSA to driving instructors said they plan to proceed with the trial changes from 23 March to 1 May. The RSA confirmed the move, saying that the objective was to bring together training and assessment.
Training and assessment
It added that: “The objective of this initiative is to bring together two very important stages in a candidate’s learning to drive experience – their training and assessment.” Instructors will not be allowed to interfere in the test and are intended to be there only to observe or as support. Strict sanctions are said to be in place for any instructors breaching these rules.
The main aims of the changes are to reduce the amount of complaints from those who fail the test and the amount of appeals. It also aims to provide further insights for the instructors into why their students are failing.
Tipperary instructor Linda Dowling said she is happy with the trial being in her area. As instructors we’ve been looking for this facility for a long time. Sometimes with our pupils this, that or the other happens on the test and it’s unusual for that person to do that. We don’t know whether it’s nerves or whether they have actually made those mistakes so if there is an extra pair of eyes in the car we can say ‘oh yes I saw you do that there.
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