Testing grounds fail learner drivers

Eileen van der Schyff

Several complaints have been received of late of the rundown condition of the test range where learner drivers are taking their practical driving tests. The test range has no proper road markings and the road surface is dotted with potholes.

“How can you expect from a learner driver to pass his or her driving test when there are no proper traffic marks to indicate parking bays or lines showing where you can drive or not?”, asked several parents this week whose children fail-ed their driving tests.
“If you fail your driving test you are only allowed a next attempt approximately 21 days. How objective is the per-son taking the test if he or she fails you on a test terrain where there are no proper road marks and where the road surface is dotted with potholes?”, asked a second parent.
Adding it is time consuming and places unnecessary stress on learner drivers.
In a somewhat disturbing incident earlier this week a parent who thought to make a difference only added salt to the existing wound.
This person donated paint and hired someone to go and paint the road marks. Instead of a thank you and words of appreciation, the person was reprimanded for doing so without official permission from the local authority….

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