Researchers have concluded that getting a driving license in the Netherlands is too easy and that teachers must have better quality control, with prices likely to rise as a result
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Driving lessons and tests must change says a report written by a commission into learning to drive in the Netherlands. Researchers called not only for more theory and practical tests, but also stronger requirements before someone can become an instructor. At the moment, there is no general quality standard across the country, reports the NOS.
The Dutch government may or may not carry out the recommendations of the report, but if changes are made it will likely make lessons and tests more expensive. Instructors will have to take tests and courses to make sure that their teaching is up to scratch, and will need regular inspections.
The report has come about following propositions put forward by ex-Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer, who asked Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen to commission the report following large numbers of instances of bad behavior by driving instructors and schools. Some schools were found to be fraudulent, including taking exam fees without giving exams, and misleading people about their chances of passing a driving test.