I prepared a long blog post yesterday describing how my 3rd Irish driving test went and how surreal it was, but you know what? I’m no longer wasting my time talking about this bizarre situation or moaning about driving test reports as they are completely subjective and I never had my errors explained.
As you can see below, there are comments about the driving test in Ireland everywhere both on and off the Internet:
Drive test pass rates expose massive urban-rural divide
Kudos on this comment:
#2 Anne commented, on March 31, 2010 at 10:35 a.m.:
Is it not time to give motorists a fair chance and video the driving test? There is no mechanism for a fair appeal. Instructors in my experience are not on the same page as the testers. This is where the major disparity lies.
The tester is human, the instructor is human, the test candidate is human, the weather, the traffic, there are too many variables to consider. The cost of the test has risen dramatically. Test candidates deserve more for their money than to be told the pass rate is lower or higher in a particular area.
It should also be noted there is no follow up test. Quite often the test is passed and the driver reverts to bad habits they cleaned up for the test. Repeat tests for drivers, instructors and testers is a must. A standard needs to be achieved.
A few lucky people pass the driving test in Dublin on their first attempt, although most get their full licence after trying several times. I heard about an American retired policeman who moved to Ireland and only passed his driving test after 8 attempts. What bothers me is: 8 X €75 = €600.
And Yes! It’s time to film the driving test. I deserve more for the €225 (3 X €75) I spent so far and not only 45 minutes of assessment, using my own car and my petrol and a lousy explanation of the results without follow up.
I’d appreciate if you’d participate in my poll on the Irish Driving Test. Thanks ! 😀
Update: You may be interested in reading about my other attempts:
Driving Test In Ireland – 1st Attempt
Driving Test In Ireland – 2nd Attempt
Driving Test In Ireland – 4th Attempt
When did you pass your Driving Test in Ireland?
- 2nd - 4th time (57%, 21 Votes)
- Still trying to pass (32%, 12 Votes)
- 1st time (16%, 6 Votes)
- Gave up trying to pass (8%, 3 Votes)
- 5th - 10th time (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 43