Duncan Garner talks about the focus on foriegn drivers and the silly ideas to force them to sit tests upon arrival.
Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.
It must be every motorist’s worst nightmare – rounding a corner to see more than 1000kg of metal hurtling towards you on your side of the road (regardless of the other driver’s ethnicity).
Are we being racist when it comes to foreign drivers? At first glance the numbers suggest there’s good reason for concern.
In 2013 overseas drivers were involved in at least 558 crashes resulting in death or injury. It may have been as high as 800 crashes according to the Transport Agency but they don’t collect data from every crash.
In three-quarters of the incidents, the foreigners were found at fault. Eleven of the crashes were fatal.
Grim reading. But it’s pretty clear the Government isn’t going to buckle and force visitors to sit some sort of driving test before they grab the keys to a rental car and set off on the open road.
Some safety advocates want travellers banned from renting cars unless they pass an online driving test. Some have called for drivers to sit a practical test. But that’s just not “practical” is it?
Where are these people meant to do it? Drive a car around a busy airport car park? And really, how effective would it be.