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Additional lessons now required after third driving test fail

Road Administration's vehicles for category B driving test
Road Administration's vehicles for category B driving test Source: Postimees/Scanpix

The new rules regarding driving schools and tests obligate students to return to the driving school for at least two additional lessons after they fail the state practical test for the third consecutive time. As this happened to more than 2,600 people last year, it increases the workload of driving schools, because the mandatory amount of driving lessons has also been increased.

The amendment was made due to those who take failure as misfortune and hope for a better result next time. This way, they keep taking the exam, but making the same mistakes over again, ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera" reports.

"It would be best if the prospective driver has on their person their driving test reports or sends them from the Road Administration's e-service portal to their school. The reports will be used to assemble a program which the driver needs to follow in order to take the exam again," Tarmo Vanamõisa, head of the Road Administration's examinations department, explained to ERR's online news in Estonian.

Around 2,600 people failed the practical driving test on their third attempt in 2019. Each one of them should have taken two or more extra driving lessons. This year, the number might be smaller because of the coronavirus, but the driving instructors will still see a significant increase of their workload.

"Our burden has increased by us having to conduct 30 mandatory driving lessons instead of 23. I'm counting on people passing their test more easily and not coming for a repeat test. Maybe that will help," director of Aide driving school Enn Saard said.


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Editor: Anders Nõmm

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