“It requires more accidents! Petition to allow driving instructors to pass students unable to book test during Covid wins 27,000 signatures – but critics say it will put ‘dangerous’ drivers on the road
- Petition to allow UK driving instructors to pass students has 27,000 signatures
- Critics say campaign would increase number of ‘dangerous’ drivers
- Others argue that examiners spend less time with a student than their instructors
A petition to allow driving instructors to convey their students based on their experiences during lessons divided opinions on social media.
Nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition created by Ben James Joseph Stanway that says UK-based driving instructors should be eligible to pass learner drivers who are currently unable to book an exam.
The government is expected to respond to petitions with more than 10,000 signatures, while 100,000 signatures see the issue debated in Parliament.
People across the country have expressed their thoughts on the issue of the divide on social media.
More than 20,000 people have signed a petition that would see temporary legislation allowing driving instructors to pass students who cannot book an exam (file image)
A Twitter user, posting under the handle @ Bradleyd_98, slammed the debate over whether driving instructors should overtake students they think they can drive safely.
Debate over the petition began when a Twitter user, posting under the handle @ Bradleyd_98, called the lockdown campaign “hands down the worst.”
A flood of responses to the tweet agreed and said the move would increase the number of dangerous drivers on the road.
“I might be a learner driver who is fed up with having things canceled, but I would never sign this, I know what other learner drivers are like.
“I don’t even feel so safe to drive, I sure don’t want people to pass without testing, are they crazy?” One person wrote.
Another said: “Half the people on the road can’t drive safely anyway, it’s really not going to improve the situation”
A third added: “It’s a hell of a difference being in a car with an instructor than being alone on the road. Many strong pilots fail their tests multiple times with simple mistakes – but mistakes that in the real world would result in someone’s death. “
Many Twitter users argued that the proposed legislation could increase the number of dangerous drivers
Others argued for the petition and said they experienced delays in booking their driving test.
One person wrote: “As stupid as it sounds, a lot more people are killed each year behind the wheel of a car than on a plane. When you pass your pilot’s license, you have to save hours to prove that you have experienced some practice The DVSA has no way of knowing which learners to prioritize for the test.
Another said: “Strongly agree I don’t see how 45 minutes of driving with someone else can see how ‘safe’ you are of a driver when your instructor can assess. your driving for more than 50 hours “
Unsure, a third added: “It’s ***, but I’m going to sign anyway because I want my driver’s license”
Another wrote: “I was reassured to pass the first time, I had more than 30 lessons, I was told after 20… I failed twice and my driving instructor still does not understand because with him , I’m not making any mistakes. They don’t know how you would be alone without your instructor’s safety net. ‘
Others argued that they had difficulty booking an exam and that driving instructors spend more time accessing people than an examiner who sees the learner for 40 minutes.