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Ten lessons ‘not compulsory'

Andrew Gale says different learner drivers need varying amounts of instruction.
Andrew Gale says different learner drivers need varying amounts of instruction. Candyce Braithwaite

WARWICK driving instructor Gail Lobley, of Mrs Kool's Driving School, has reminded prospective learner drivers to be aware of the requirements in terms of the number of lessons they need.

Her comments come after metropolitan media reports of driving schools taking advantage of young motorists.

Mrs Lobley said it was probably the case that some operators would claim students needed more lessons than they do.

She said many learners thought they had to do 10 lessons with an instructor to pass their log book, which was incorrect.

"It is not compulsory to complete 10 lessons, and that's what I tell my students straight away - I say it's as many as they need," Mrs Lobley said.

"It comes down to the honesty and integrity of the driving instructor - you don't need to rip them off."

Andrew Gale of AG Licensing said it was not about measuring dollars, but the safety of the driver on the road.

"We take pride in preparing drivers for life rather than passing a test," he said.



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