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Learning to Drive to Become More Affordable for Students

by insight-social | 08 May, 2024 | | 0 comments

If you have teenagers learning to drive, you know how expensive it is to just get them on the road. Never mind the cost of insuring young drivers. But after the stress of Junior Cert there seems to be some good news for our newly minted TY students.

According to Education Minister Norma Foley, there’s a promising initiative on the horizon for secondary school students. That is aiming to take their driving test. As part of a fresh road safety curriculum, students may find themselves paying reduced fees for their driving tests and even earning credits toward their driver theory examination.

Set to kick off in schools this coming September, the transition year program seeks to tackle the issue of road accidents and fatalities in Ireland head-on.

“I have met with the RSA, with Sam Waide their CEO, and we’re currently working on a programme for September 2024, specifically for transition year students, where these students would be very much brought into the heightened awareness of safety on the road, be it cyclists or pedestrians or drivers or whatever the case might be,” Minister Foley told the Irish Examiner.

While the RSA currently offers a module for transition year students, Minister Foley noted its hefty requirement of 34 class sessions, making it challenging to fit into school schedules. Presently, only a fraction of the nation’s secondary schools, 75 out of 730, are implementing this module at the transition year level.

Some of the options that have been discussed include a certificate for TY students which would be helpful for their CVs.

However, Ms Foley is pushing the RSA to provide students who complete the course with a voucher to reduce the cost of the driving test.

On completion of the course, she also wants to see students awarded a credit or additional marks for the driver theory test, which requires candidates to correctly answer 35 questions out of 40.

“We’re very actively looking at what could be done to engage students in the first place — that’s always the most important thing — and secondly, that it would be a benefit to them ultimately.”

Ms. Foley emphasised the necessity of a more streamlined and targeted approach to road safety education. One that offers practicality for both schools and students alike.

If you have a young driver who is about to get motoring, contact us now for advice on how to do it without breaking the bank.