TOUGH TEST: Gympie learner driver Katie McDonnell says she not sure why the practical driving test has to be made harder. Katie says she can’t understand why a driver would fail a test for going slightly over the speed limit. “It’s pretty hard to know exactly how fast you’re going,” Katie said.
TOUGH TEST: Gympie learner driver Katie McDonnell says she not sure why the practical driving test has to be made harder. Katie says she can’t understand why a driver would fail a test for going slightly over the speed limit. “It’s pretty hard to know exactly how fast you’re going,” Katie said. Craig Warhurst

Is Queensland's new learners test too difficult?

QUEENSLAND'S tough new practical driving tests are so hard that one person failed it five times during the pilot stage.

Exclusive figures obtained by APN Newsdesk reveal that of the 2851 people tested during the three-month trial last year, 1204 had to re-sit the exam.

Eighty-three failed it twice, 55 received their provisional licence after sitting the test three times, four drivers failed four times and one person failed five times.

The pilot operated in Warwick, Millmerran, Stanthorpe, Greenslopes, Strathpine, Cloncurry and Clifton from April 28-July 25 last year.

Australian Driver Trainers Association Queensland president Paul Kennedy said he would like to see the 30-minute test extended to 45 minutes.

"We're supportive of the new driving test but the length of time is one of the worries for me," Mr Kennedy said.

"The time-frame they do it in is too short. Our association is

suggesting the test go back to 45 minutes to be able to do the extra things like going out on to the highways."

What you said

Melinda Yarrow To book a driving test it is only around $50. If you are using a driving school car for a test this will cost you the price of a lesson. 

$70 Usually you have a lesson beforehand as well. $70 If you use your own car that's the only fee you pay except when you pass.

When you pass the Ps test you will have to pay a licence fee (which will go up on July 1) and is now $154 for 5 years which will cover you for 3 years on the Ps and 2 years on your opens.

If the Learner is well prepared and has done lots of different driving situations everywhere and anywhere. It is up to the supervisor to make sure they are properly prepared.

The Learner is competent, confident and safe. Then They will pass. We need to prepare our next generation of Learners to become safe and competent drivers.

It's up to to everybody to do the right thing by teaching the Learners good defensive driving habits from the start. This accompanied with YOU doing the responsible driving on the road so they see will help.

Driver attitide is everything. It has to start somewhere. We have Great driving schools in Gympie. Ask them about the best way to teach your Learner. There's also lots of info at http://www.keys2drive.com.au.

Megan Mayfield Couldn't that money be better spent on compulsory defensive driving lessons... you don't gain experience by colouring in boxes on a bit of paper...

Lucy Buchanan Way too expensive. It cost me nothing to do my learners test. The poor learner drivers have to save up for lessons to be decent drivers. I don't think raising the price makes better drivers.

WHAT TO EXPECT

From yesterday (June 29), learner drivers sitting the new Q-SAFE practical driving test can expect the following:

A zero-tolerance approach to speeding;

Increasing significance placed on not maintaining an appropriate following distance;

A greater emphasis on hazard perception;

New driving situations such as a high-speed merge or entering a high-speed area;

A greater emphasis on providing meaningful feedback to the candidate at the end of the test.

Source: Queensland Government

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