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Beginner drivers to take extra 'feedback' test after passing exam

The Local · 15 Jun 2011, 10:12

Published: 15 Jun 2011 10:12 GMT+02:00

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The Transport Ministry is drawing up the plans following the example of Austria where the sessions serve to remind beginning drivers of what they are supposed to do and to rid them of any bad habits they might be developing.

The ‘feedback’ session would be undertaken three months after a new driver had got their license according to the plans.

“Austria has achieved good success with the post-test evaluation teaching concept,” Gero Storjohann, Christian Democratic Union transport expert told the paper.

He said young Austrian drivers were involved in 30 percent fewer accidents than their German counterparts.

The concept should be tested in a federal state as soon as possible to see what the practical costs and benefits would be, Oliver Luksic from the Free Democratic Party told the paper.

If the results were positive, the additional check, “should be introduced as mandatory in order to reduce the high numbers of traffic deaths and accident victims among young drivers,” he said.

He said the theory module of the normal driving exam could be streamlined and cheaper insurance policies introduced to prevent the driving exam becoming more expensive.

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11:46 June 15, 2011 by lunchbreak
I favor any measure that limits the number of drivers on the road in Germany or delays a drivers final approval for a license. In addition I applaud the high fees necessary to learn how to operate a car and get a license. There are way too many cars and aggressive drivers in this country. Let them all take public transit or ride bicycles.
11:51 June 15, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
As a cyclist I would be happy if *all* motorists had to have their skills reviewed, say annually. Then maybe vulnerable road users would have to take less evasive actions to save themselves.
13:33 June 15, 2011 by lunchbreak
Nice idea, but are you willing to pay for the extra bureaucratic mess organizing that? Better idea: a strict limit on the number of drivers licenses issued every year in Germany.
14:13 June 15, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
But people can just print their own and exchange it for a Polish license and drive legally, according to another article posted here.
14:35 June 15, 2011 by LancashireLad
Yet another pointless exercise. The bad driving comes from the general ignorance of those around the driver. That must change first.

Classic example is the plank from Rosenheim wedging himself infront of my car with about 2m to spare if that ... at 160. Mirrors? The wife uses them for her makeup.
18:33 June 15, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Too bad the German driver who fraudently obtained a driver's license in Hungary, with a license she bought in the Philippines, will not fall under such post-examination exercise. Not only can Germany not keep her from driving on the autobahns, but apparently she does not have to take a driver's test, and never has taken one. Hooray for bureaucracy.
20:00 June 15, 2011 by wood artist

So, exactly how does the government decide who gets one? If you're the next person in line, and the clerk says "Sorry, that was the last one for this year...wait until next year" exactly what are you going to say/do? What happens if you need the license for work?

Driving may not be a "right" but it certainly should remain a privilege for all who can qualify. The true problem, which I don't see in Germany as much as I do in the US, is that we can never build enough roads for all the cars. At least Germany has fairly decent public transportation options in most areas.

If you want to identify the real problem, it's that driving is no longer a responsibility. At least in the US, we see drivers talking on the phone, applying make-up, eating, fiddling with the radio/CD player, yakking with passengers, and driving with pets sitting on their laps. All this adds up to not paying attention to the road, and that results in "accidents" which are not remotely accidental. I suspect at least some of that happens in Europe and Germany too, but I don't drive there so I can't speak from personal experience.

I have no problem with young drivers and "elderly" drivers being re-tested, and it would probably save some lives and prevent some needless accidents. Beyond that, I don't think it's fair to limit driving to a selected few.

23:05 June 15, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@ wood artist: Very nice rebuttal to lunchbreak. Clear, concise, and relevant.
23:26 June 15, 2011 by Expat IV
Am I the only person who is uncomfortable with the uniquely German driving habit that Americans call "tailgating"? I am referring to the guy behind me who is so close to my rear bumper that I cannot see the grill of his/her car no matter what speed I am driving. Is this taught by German driving instructors?
02:54 June 16, 2011 by lunchbreak
Clear, concise, and irrelevant really.

The problem is too many vehicles on the roads in europe unless your ok with all the extra disease those vehicles induce. If your the next person in line and the quota is filled then tough luck, wait until next year. Need your license for work? Find a workaround.

Retesting would be a very expensive solution and I wonder if it would make a significant difference. Sure driving responsibly is a problem but one that needs to be addressed in all areas of life. Tough legislation about driving safely wouldn't hurt however.
04:31 June 16, 2011 by fourwheeler77
I love driving in Germany and I feel much safer as a driver here than I do in the United States. At least it seems like Germans actually follow the rules (stay in right lane except to pass). Why do I have to renew my license in the USA every few years? To me, its just for the specific state to make money. I wish the United States would just give me a drivers license with no expiration date like Germany does! In fact, this reminds me that I finally need to get my German license. Should I just get one in Poland?!
11:16 June 16, 2011 by wood artist

And if your job involves or requires driving, just exactly how do you "work around" that? I agree we are far too dependent upon automobiles, and I'd love to change to fuels or energy alternatives, but the fact remains that people can't always go without, or "workaround."

In the US, it is possible for a doctor, family member, or law enforcement official to ask the DMV to have an elderly person retested. This is usually done when their driving skills are no longer adequate yet they don't want to stop driving. It's no big thing (other than the social issues) and the fee isn't all that significant. It does take a number of unsafe drivers off the road. On the other end, young new drivers are often given provisional licenses that mean they can't drive with a carload of friends, or with other limitations for the first year or two. Again, that's based upon known facts regarding the causes of young driver accidents.

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