GOVERNMENT PUTTING LIVES AT RISK BY SQUANDERING MONEY ON THE WRONG EUROPEAN LICENCE

GOVERNMENT PUTTING LIVES AT RISK BY SQUANDERING MONEY ON THE WRONG EUROPEAN LICENCE from 1st Road Traffic Law Specialists Scotland

By: 1st Road Traffic Law Specialists Scotland  23/12/2008
Keywords: road traffic law, Motoring Solicitors, scottish lawyer

’s top road safety lawyer has hit out at the Government’s “negligence” in ensuring drivers are taking to the roads safely.

Graham Walker of RoadTrafficLaw feels the Government is more concerned with shovelling money into European basic computer courses known as the European Computer Driving Licence – computertraining skills which most people already know – than having better drivers on the road.

More than 77 per cent of the has access to at least one car – a similar figure to the number of people with access to a PC – yet the Government is only paying for one of these courses to be implemented.

He said: “So many drivers when passing their tests are still uncertain or nervous about motorway driving, but have to do it within days of passing and this can lead to accidents or fatalities.”

The latest Scottish statistics show that faster roads accounted for 230 out of 314 deaths and 1,498 out of 2,908 serious injuries and fatalities. (Figures from the Scottish Government at )

Graham Walker added: “Motorway driving is now a way of life, yet it is not part of the basic test. Instead drivers who would like more confidence and experience of motorway driving have to take up the Advanced Pass Plus Driver test – but there is no incentive or push for drivers to do so.

“The Government’s Driving Standards Agency brought in the Advance Pass Plus Diver test scheme in an effort to promote more responsible driving but it seems to have been left on the shelf.

“Insurance companies do not seem to give a decent premium reduction for passing the test and the Government don’t seem to care about it.

“Yet the Government is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on what is known as the European Computer Driving Licence. Subsidising courses to improve skills in the job market. I believe that a driving licence is a terrific qualification in the job market and I think that’s where the taxpayer’s hard earned cash would be best spent.

“The ECDL has more to do with surfing the internet,  pushing a mouse around and opening a spreadsheet. These may be worthy skills in the job market but this is not real value for money for the taxpayer, especially  when we consider that most people are comfortable surfing the internet but terrified of driving on a motorway for the first time!

But we still have some way to go with driver skills – especially when it comes to motorway driving. More experienced drivers on the motorway would lead to a reduction in serious injuries and fatalities.”

“The authorities seem more concerned with wasting our tax money on making sure everyone can surf the web instead of making roads safer.”

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Notes to Editors: Road Traffic Law – - . are ’s longest-running road traffic law experts and Graham Walker is available for comment on all road and driving matters.

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