Here we are again. Yes it's been a while Constant Reader (nicked that off of Stephen King, don't tell him). Not a heck of a lot has happened since we last spoke, who I am I kidding, only I read these. We do however have the issue of the new driving test looming next month, or do we?
Driving examiners who are part of the PCS union are planning to take industrial action on the 4th & 5th of December, this means test may be cancelled. Why? If you listen to the DVSA (or devious agency if you listen to examiners), say it's over conditions, pay & pensions. If you listen to the examiners it's over safety concerns with the new driving test. Now who are you going to listen to? Me, I'd listen to the examiners. Their concerns are that pulling up in the right, reversing back for two car lengths and then rejoining traffic, may have some risk involved. Also, being asked a Show Me question whilst navigating via satnav may take their attention from the screen/instructions/road and this may lead to problems. The DVSA has asked RoSPA to carry out a risk assessment. They encountered no problems but then again a qualified driver undertook the exercise. Now I'm not saying we instructors are without our reservations over the new test, we do. We think it's a 50/50 on whether it's a good thing, some bits are great, some not to. One thing is that we will be teaching these new bits as safely as we can. However there has already been one collision with an ADI parked on the right but he was going to be hit no matter which way he was parked.
So boys & girls, stop stressing over the new test because we know you are. What will be, will be.