New Labour is determined to disqualify the poorest, and even the cash-strapped, from progressing in life. Here's the latest:
Parents could be banned from teaching their children to drive under plans to cut the number of deaths among novice motorists.There's another approach that has been proven to work. But first, more of this proposal (emphasis added):
Lessons from a government-approved instructor - which cost at least £20 an hour - would become compulsory for all test candidates if the proposals were adopted.Why should driving instructors be government approved? Passing a test should be the only requirement for driving. This is another example of valuing the method over the result, a characteristic of this government.
The plans - to be unveiled next week - aim to reduce the 300 deaths a year caused by motorists with less than two years' experience.
However, the Government was understood to have dropped stricter curbs on new drivers, including night-time curfews and a lower drink-drive limit.
The plan isn't designed to bring down road deaths - that's the excuse, not the reason. The reason is a compulsive control-freakery that cannot countenance any activity that isn't regulated by the government.
And what the fuck was that about curfews? I've been trying not to swear recently, but what the fuck? OK, they dropped the idea, but they had the idea in the first place.
Driving is a great personal freedom, and learning to do so is for most people part of the transition between the dependency of childhood and the independence of adult life. Why does the government hate this? Oh, yes. Stupid question.
Here's what does work:
In France, l'apprentissage anticipe de la conduite (AAC), commonly known as conduite accompagnee, allows young people to spend most of their learning kilometres with an accompanying adult rather than a driving instructor.Freedom works. It's very, very simple.
This option, introduced in 1990, offers a real alternative to parents with teenagers wishing to learn to drive. Judging by the number of other cars like ours displaying the compulsory sticker on their back windscreens and bumpers, it is a choice many families in France are turning to.
The main argument that convinces parents like me to undergo being driven around by their teenager, however, is that statistics show that with this experience of learning to drive, the risks of accidents are considerably reduced. Our driving school's brochure says four times fewer accidents are had by those having completed AAC than other drivers of the same age. Insurance companies offer reduced tariffs to these young people who have done the conduite accompagnee once they have passed their tests.