Problems of introducing the Graduated Driving Licence

Problems of introducing the graduated driving licence

On a previous Blog, the Author explained how the government is talking about introducing a Graduated Driving Licence. However, he expressed an opinion that not all Driving Instructors would be trained to a sufficient level of training to be able to offer the complete level of training that this new qualification would require. Also, he felt that not everyone would benefit from having a Graduated Driving Licence.

Graduated Driving Licence

Now to put his Ideas for people to discuss regarding the introduction of the Graduated Driving Licence

  • Not all Provisional Car Licence holders are novices to driving. Some will come to the provisional training having had previous experience in different for instance

a)      They might already hold a full Driving Licence in another Non-European Country having had many years of driving in that country.

b)      They might have held a full Motorcycle License for a period.

c)       They might have spent a period driving illegally without a full UK License but still have experience that novices would not have

  • There are already training courses available that insurance companies are giving up to 15% discounts for which are BTEC recognised, The Instructors offering this training will have to hold at least a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Coaching and Assessing.
  • Telemetric monitoring is now being introduced by insurance companies to help reduce insurance premiums
  • Some new License holders will need to be able to drive between the hours of 11 pm – 6 pm also may need to carry passenger because of the demands of work.
  • Putting the concept of Road Safety on the National Curriculum is a good idea
  • The idea of a Zero Tolerance towards drink and drugs is a good idea
  • He disagrees with the concept of limiting the car engine size
  • He does not agree with the concept of an additional test after two years

Now to take the points one at a time

  • Not all Provisional Car Licence holders are novices to driving. Some will come to the provisional training having had previous experience in different for instance

Non European Driving Licence

a)      They might already hold a full Driving Licence in another Non-European Country having had many years of driving in that country.

b)      They might have held a full Motorcycle Licence for a period.

c)       They might have spent a period driving illegally without a full UK License but still have experience that novices would not have

As a Driving Instructor, I have been called upon to train many different types of drivers that are not novices. I feel that if the Graduated Driving Licence introduced in the present form, then they would feel that they dealt with fairly. As a Qualified Assessor and Coach, I need to consider what they know and use it to develop their knowledge and train them to pass the Driving Test and become “Safe Drivers for Life.”

As a result, I would feel the concepts of limiting what times they drive and with who they drive as being unfair. I believe that this problem could be sorted by allowing instructors who are qualified Assessors and Coaches to be able to sign a form that removes the limitation of this part of the Graduated Driving Licence.

  • There are already training courses available that insurance companies are giving up to 15% discounts for which are BTEC recognised, The Instructors offering this training will have to hold at least a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Coaching and Assessing.BTEC

As the Author has is a Qualified Assessor and Coach beyond that he is also a qualified Mentor. He is well aware that many more instructors are now acquiring these qualifications and feels that these should now become a standard for all instructors. He does not feel the need to train Instructors to teach in a classroom setting yet. However, as part of the core training Instructors should be given training as to how to run a business.

Those instructors with a BTEC level 3 or above in should be allowed to sign of parts of the Graduated Driving Licence to help drivers complete their training and achieve a full license. However, there will need to be systems put into place to verify that these instructors who have the additional training are not abusing the system.

  • Telemetric monitoring is now being introduced by insurance companies to help reduce insurance premiums

Graduated Driving Licence

Here is a link to explain in detail what Telemetric monitoring is. The insurance works when your car is fitted with a small ‘black box’ device, about the size of a smartphone, which records speed, distance travelled and the time of day or night that you are on the road. The device also assesses your driving style by monitoring braking and cornering. It will also record the types of the road on which you typically travel, and the times of day and night you tend to drive, to build up a comprehensive profile of you as a driver.

With a device fitted on your car, you can access a secure website to find out how you are performing in each category. This idea will show you if you need to make any changes to your driving style and will provide tips on how you can improve your driver score and bring down the cost of your insurance.

As a rule of thumb, it assumes that driving fewer miles on less dangerous roads, while also limiting your night time driving, will result in lower premiums. Policies linked to black box recorders charge premiums on a monthly basis, which means the insurer can adjust them swiftly to reward better driving (and punish those who show themselves to be a risky proposition).

However, although your driving can have a direct impact on the cost of your car insurance, it still makes sense to shop around and compare black box insurance quotes – prices will vary from insurer to insurer as each will have different per-mile and peak-time driving charges.

  • Some new Licence holders will need to be able to drive between the hours of 11 pm – 6 pm also may need to carry passenger because of the requirements of work.

Night Driving

The Author of this blog is well aware that in different parts of the country, people are passing the driving test to be able to find better work opportunities or find employment. Some of this job will require them to work unsocial hours, starting or finishing late at night or early morning. They might also be required to take passengers with them to work so that others can also find work. The driver should be aware of the additional risks of drowsy driving, but the necessary Driving Instructor should be allowed to sign the Graduated Driving Licence off so they can continue to work.

  • Putting the concept of Road Safety on the National Curriculum is a good idea

Graduated Driving License

The Author feels that this is a necessary addition to the National Curriculum however it will need to be adapted to meet the student’s needs. In Primary Schools, the information would be presented in a concrete form wherein the Secondary Stage it would need to be submitted in a more abstract form to be able to give the students a chance to understand the need to develop the concept of Road Safety. The Idea of a Graduated Driving Licence could be introduced at school could then lead drivers to consider the need for continued driver developmental learning and not just finish your driver training when you have passed your driving test.

  • The concept of a Zero Tolerance towards drink and drugs is a good idea

drink driving

In some places in the world, this idea is already being used because of the number of accidents related to this problem. The author feels that this would be a good idea but would not be an easy law to enforce because of some drivers could be tested positive for alcohol or drugs because of the medication they have been prescribed or bought. A for being part of a Graduated Driving License requirement this needs to be talked about but left to an individual driver’s needs and the interpretation of the law through the courts.

  • He disagrees with the concept of limiting the car engine size

The Author does not agree with the concept of limiting the car engine size because he is aware that in Italy they tried to enforce this regulation limiting new drivers to a 1600 cc car. Fiat came out with a car that had extra gears t give it the same performance as a 2000 cc car thereby still creating a problem of drivers driving cars too fast or at speed that was not safe for the conditions

  • He disagrees with the concept of an additional test after two years

The Author would question the special need for and additional test after two years before allowing a full License how would a test of say 45 – 60 minutes prove that a driver is going to be a safe driver? He agrees with the idea of continued personal development and that this event is not limited to driving instructors to be able to give. The Graduated Driving Licence has many good ideas but needs to be looked at in a bigger framework. And will involve many different agencies the DVSA being only one RoSPA and IAM being other training organisations that could be involved so long as the trainers have the necessary qualifications and experience.

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