Driven to despair


James has got his restricted driving licence. Hoorah. It’s only taken nine attempts and almost $1000 to achieve this milestone.

In February the New Zealand Transport Agency introduced tougher tests for restricted and full licenses.

The first time James – a family friend – failed, we thought tough luck, try again. On the third attempt we were starting to become somewhat alarmed and felt something wasn’t right, reports Annette Taylor of Number 8 Network.

He wasn’t alone.

By May almost 600 young people were being failed each week. The pass rate was 41 per cent compared to the 80 per cent under the previous testing regime.

Click here to read more about nightmare driving test experiences – both from failed and frustrated drivers and their parents. They are being failed – sometimes instantly – for any number of dubious faults, fairly subjective errors.

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