How can we ease the financial burden on families and allow economic mobility?

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How can we ease the financial burden on families and allow economic mobility?

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There is no arguing the practical driving exam is meant to protect the public from unsafe drivers and it is meant as the last stop before a person drives unsupervised. Unfortunately the current system has not accountability, has no due process, and is financially burdensome to learners.

Currently, according to the DSVA, the current national pass rate is 47.4%. This means, those who take the practical driving exam are more likely to fail the exam than actually pass their first time. 

Taking lessons and paying for the practical exam costs money. When someone fails the test it means additional money in order to pass. For some, the financial burden becomes too much forcing them to stop.

The pass rate in the UK is horrendously low and needs improving along with keeping cost reasonable. Under the current system, information about the test, how a major fault, minor fault, and areas examined. In addition the only way to appeal a decision is going to Magistrate Court in England or Sheriff's in Scotland. Even if the court rules in your favour the decision cannot be reversed. Finally one major fault is enought to cause the driver to fail.

I believe changes must be made. To begin with the difference between major and minor fault is subjective subject to interpretation. I believe if the driver has less than three major faults and less than 15 minors then the examiner should be given the discretion to pass the driver. Differentiating between major and minor fault gives the examiner the ability to fail a tester without the candidate being able to appeal the decision. For a candidate to appeal it means going to court and I believe, DVSA should allow candidate to appeal and make an initial decision before the appeal enters the Magistrate Court. Should the candidate be successful in the appeal it should result in the decision being reversed, license being awarded, cost of exam refunded, and cost of any additional lessons driver may have undertaken as a result of the wrong decision. Finally I believe test centres and examiners should be held accountable for high fail rates. High fail rate is a fail rate 5% higher than the national average or higher than 50%, which ever is lowest.

The change I seek is returning fairness to the system through accountability, transparency, and responsibility. Examiners are not perfect and should, therefore, have their decisions challenged. My proposed changes are proportionate and makes the system fairer for everyone.

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