B615 - Driving Re-Test Bill 2013 Watch
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Nope. Aside from any ideological ideas on this, it's totally impractical. We have nowhere near the number of driving examiners available at all. Think of how massive the DSA pool would have to be. I can't be bothered to look up how many people holding driving licences there are, but to have them all retested every 5 years would require an insane amount of manpower.
A compulsory re-test every five years from 70 I would however be in favour of.
Would it really do anything to improve that? All terrible drivers on the roads today must have passed a driving test once, and how you drive during the half an hour of your test isn't going to reflect how you drive afterwards.
It might be best to spread out the retests, but how would it be determined who goes first? People with points on their license? Alphabetical order?
£30 test fee every 5 years is silly. Something needs to be done about complacency and bad drivers, but the mass re-testing of everyone isn't the way to go about it as far as I'm concerned. Accumulating points for bad driving, and then being forced to re-take after you gather so many points is a better way to go about it.
A no from me at the moment, I agree with the principle but re-testing after 5 years is totally excessive, infeasible and quite frankly ridiculous.
I also agree with JPKC's comments: introducing motorways as part of the driving test would be very sensible, and as I have said, you need to ensure that there are sufficient examiners/centres able to withstand the new demand.
When I was originally thinking of this bill, I thought of either every 10/15 years, and then every 5 years after you turn 60, but lots of people said that wasn't often enough. There was a bit of debate in government over timings too - it's a tricky one.
What would people think to a re-test every 12 years, but then every 5 years after turning 60?