Mansfield residents speak out over petition calling for driving instructors to have the power to pass pupils unable to take tests

A poll conducted by the Mansfield Chad has found that 73 per cent of our readers disagree that learner drivers should be able to be passed by their instructors instead of taking a formal test with an examiner.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 4:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 4:52 pm

A new petition calling for just that has been signed by over 40,000 people countrywide.

So, we decided to find out the views of Mansfield people and put this question to our readers on Facebook ‘should driving instructors be able to pass their students?’

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Most of our readers disagree with the new petition.

Out of the 38 people that commented a yes or no answer on our post, 28 disagreed with the petition – 73 per cent.

Many of those who do not think that driving instructors should have this new power thought so due to the danger of new drivers on roads.

Rob Sharp said: “I totally disagree, the standard of driving in this country is ridiculous at the moment.“If an instructor has his examiners qualifications then yes the student should be able to apply for a test but not many instructors are qualified examiners.”

Emma Wilson agrees.

73 per cent are against and 27 per cent are for.

She said: “We don't want unsafe drivers on the road, causing more accidents and potential harm to the rest of us who had to sit the test to be able to drive.“People can't be let off doing the test just because of Covid-19, they should have to wait until tests are available.”

However 10 people agreed with the idea – many of who are currently attempting to pass their driving test.

This was 27 per cent of the overall vote.

Chelsey Nicholls, said: ““I think it would cut half the nerves out of having to sit with an examiner and you'd probably be less likely to make mistakes due to the fact the person isn't a stranger.”

Michelle Jackson said: “Yes most people fail because of nerves on the driving test.”

Some readers offered alternative suggestions.

Madeline Greenwood, said: “They could have two cameras, one on the driver and one on the road.

“Let the instructor do the test but submit the video to a panel of examiners.”

Paula Dear, said: “Make all the people who's driving instructor has passed then have the P plates on the vehicle for a year.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.