HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 cc1095-6
19. Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Minister of Transport what plans he has to extend the scope of the driving test, with particular reference to vehicle control in adverse road conditions, driving on motorways and night driving.

Mr. Bob Brown

None, Sir. We do not consider it either necessary or practicable to extend the scope of the driving test in the particular ways suggested.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that, after passing his driving test, a new driver still needs much more experience before becoming fully qualified? Is there not a case for a probation period after the test in the general interest of road safety?

Mr. Brown

That is a different question. One certainly agrees, however, that, following qualification in the driving test, it is experience which really makes a good driver.

Dr. Dunwoody

Does not my hon. Friend agree that it is illogical that we should repeatedly test old motor vehicles while the passing of one test entitles a driver to drive for the rest of his life? Will he look at the possibility of a repeated test after a licence has been held for a number of years?

Mr. Brown

That also is another question. If my hon. Friend puts it on the Order Paper, we will endeavour to answer it.