|2Pass Newsletter||June - July 2009 issue 118|
|Driving Tip of the Month
The scheme that gives you extra experience and a discount on your car insurance.
Great News For Pass Plus in London. The London Road Safety Unit have just launched a Pass Plus London initiative, they offer a £70.00 refund to drivers in the 17 - 25 age range who complete the scheme. To qualify for the refund and to register for the scheme the candidate must be in the 17 - 25 age range, must live within a London Borough and must have passed their car test within the last 12 months. For more details contact Pass Plus - London, Tel no. 0845 230 17 25 or email email@example.com
If you live in other areas. Look at the list of local authorities on the pass plus website, if your borough, town, city or county council is listed contact them to see if they can help you with the cost of your Pass Plus tuition. They can offer discounts up to 50% of the full tuition costs.
The Driving Standards Agency is to tailor the way out-of-hours tests are offered they have reported.
A new, flexible approach means that from 17 May, appointments for the practical car test outside normal hours will be offered where overall demand is high at individual test centres but not at those where it isn't.
DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew, said: "These changes will ensure that our examiners' time is focused on where it is needed most and that we make the best use of our resources".
The New Test Goes 'CRASH'
The DSA is under pressure to rethink its new motorcycle test following a series of crashes in the first few weeks of its use the BBC has reported.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said the test was needed to help reduce deaths of motorcyclists on the roads.
One of the first learner riders to take a new motorcycle test crashed and broke his arm in the middle of the examination.
New test 'will mimic real driving'
From October 2010 there'll be a new bit in the practical driving test where you'll have to chose your own route to a certain place to prove you can drive independently. And the "pre-driver qualification" will be rolled out in schools and colleges around the UK over the next two years. This three month course is optional but if you pass you'll be able to do a shorter theory test. Lessons will cover drink-driving and how to be a safe passenger, but there'll be hands-on stuff too- like how to top up the oil and make sure your tyres are safe.
Steve Garrod, chief examiner for the Driving Instructors Association, discusses the proposed changes on the BBC radio 4 programme. Listen
Should driving's 'age of consent' be raised?
Recent revelations that an unusually high percentage of all car accidents are involving those under 20 years old have reawakened calls to raise the driving test age from 17 to 18 and even higher. Is 17 old enough to be able to drive safely on the roads? Or would a change in the law help reduce the number of road accidents?
Give your vote
Sign of the times for ageing drivers
Most drivers don't understand what many of our most common road signs mean, according to a survey by the road-safety charity Brake.
It found that the zebra crossing symbol is a mystery to 67% of the population, while half do not recognise the no-vehicle sign - and a third are flummoxed by minimum-speed displays.
Meanwhile, 15% of the 2,050 people polled failed to recognise the national speed limit, and only 12% could identify all eight of the signs they were shown.
Check out our Traffic Sign test and see if you can get 35/35!
UK car scrappage scheme begins
Motorists with cars more than 10 years old can now swap them for £2,000 to spend on a brand new model as the Government's car-scrappage scheme begins.
Car manufacturers are hoping that the "cash for bangers" incentive will kick start the ailing motor industry, which has seen the number of new car sales fall for 11 consecutive months.
The Government pledged £300 million in the Budget to give motorists the opportunity to exchange their old cars for a brand new, and potentially more environmentally friendly, vehicle using the cash incentive.
Manufacturers are putting forward half of the fund and the scheme will run until the end of February 2010 or until the £300 million government funding runs out.
How to take advantage of the vehicle discount scheme
The Driving Standards Agency is to impose a rule to force an accompanying driver or observer to accompany a driver on their test, as set out in the document issued by DfT "Consultation To Drive Report".
If you think this is unworkable, and can in some circumstances affect the result of the test, then you can sign a petition to the Prime Minister to prevent the Driving Standards Agency from introducing this rule which forces observers to accompany driving test candidates on test.
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