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post #10 of (permalink) Old 27th November 2007
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If all the crap drivers weren't able to go out there and cause mayhem - I'd need to start changing my career...

Driving standards is a whole different topic (which is another 'hot potato'). For the record, I'm all for a system of check testing every 5 years whereby each qualified driver does the theory & hazard perception test, same as learners. This would occur every 3 years from the age of 70 onwards. Each driver gets 2 chances - then if they fail, they revert to provisional status. Sounds harsh, but we don't give drunk-drivers another chance - why not take a similar stance with those who are incapable (and selfishly putting others at risk)?

P.S. I'm not being ageist.

The government views driving standards very simplistically - bad drivers drink, good ones are sober; bad drivers speed, good ones don't.
I (and I'm sure most of you would agree) have seen plenty of drivers whose standard of driving would make them dangerous at any speed.
I'm sure the day will come when all cars are fitted with tell-tale GPS (paid for by the motorist of course) which will record our speeds - each month we will receive a fine (and/or points) for our indiscretions.

Safety will become the next topic on the political agenda.


This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

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