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#1 11-03-04 14:46:18

muffin
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Double Standards Agency

From the Union site today

Mr Cock Up Is At It Again!

It has been reported over the last few days that Mr Trevor Wedge, Assistant Chief Driving Examiner, has once again criticised the ability of ADI's.

He allegedly stated on a radio interview that the recent rise in young driver accidents was due to bad training.

Is he criticising Approved Driving Instructors, yet again, or is he criticising
mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends?

How does Trevor Wedge substantiate the claims? What evidence is this
statement based on? Can Trevor Wedge please make this information available for all to see?

Is he saying this is down to the Approved Driving Instructor or is he saying it is down to the family and friends because if it is the later why are the DSA openly encouraging these people rather than going to an Approved Driving Instructor?

Can Mr Wedge support my suggestion to Robin Cummins that ALL people when taught by family and friends must have a minimum of 25 hours with an Approved Driving Instructor and if Mr Wedge agrees with my proposition, can he now press the Minister to make this law or as usual, will the DSA sit in their Ivory Tower and do nothing but criticise everybody else bar themselves.

!!!!!!! :x  :evil:  :x  :evil:

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#2 11-03-04 16:07:22

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Hi Jeff

I for one would be very interested in the response to these quetions, it sounds like a case of opening ones mouth before thinking again!


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#3 11-03-04 20:46:02

adi
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Registered: 28-02-04
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Well the dsa decide whether people are fit to drive independently?? So are we to blame or them?? That is what the test is all about isn't it, to check that individuals are safe??? When will they realise it is more down to driver attitude than driving ability. The drivers attitude is the one thing that is practically impossible to change, and to prove the point try telling your friends and family how they SHOULD drive and i bet you would be 'told where to get off' in just a very few minutes! You can put a brand new drivers mind on the right track but it won't stay there. I know, i was 17 once, and it don't take long to start thinking you know better than all you have been told. It's not until you get older that you realise that.

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#4 11-03-04 21:45:17

Badger
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Well said adi and spot on.

Problem is  -  getting the Wedge to promote that idea too.

All too easy to blame the ADI because the public doesnt know any better.

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#5 12-03-04 09:15:35

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The dsa assesses both pupils and instructors to check both driving performance and quality of instruction. As pointed out, driver attitude is one thing none of us in the industry has any control over. If Mr. Wedge believes bad training is to blame then, though the intention may be to scapegoat instructors, he is actually a)an idiot and b) in reality washing his hands of his own obvious failure. I havent actually seen a transcript but if youre interpretation is accurate then we have little hope with such fools in charge.
If we did have someone with a brain in charge then they would advocate the obvious i.e. making the licence probationary upon passing. This would encourage newly qualified drivers to respect the privelage they have been given and at least force those 'boy racers' to drive more responsibly with the hope that a lot of them will have both matured as people and developed a more responsible attitude whilst driving alone. Strict criteria should accompany this measure for both the threat of lengthy disqualification and mandatory retesting after the qualifying period. Once the driver has successfully FULLY qualified then they should be open to the next obvious suggestion which is mandatory re-testing for all say, every five years. Are you listening Mr. Wedge? It may not be the complete answer but it is obvious that these measures would have a huge impact on the driver behaviour that we instructors know is almost wholly to blame. Bad training indeed....IDIOT!

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