South West MLC James Hayward has called on the State Government to trial cameras in driving assessor cars to help address unacceptably high drivers test failure rates in Bunbury.
Mr Hayward said parents and students at a recent public meeting said the system was in crisis but their calls to urgently address the 60 per cent test failure rates and up to 12 week wait times to take tests had been ignored.
This morning driving instructor Brent Price from Easy Pass Driving School gave a lesson to local student Georgina McGiveron in a car with go pro cameras installed and was able to review the session and give feedback afterwards.
“By recording assessments it lifts accountability for the assessors and the students and provides clear feedback with no ambiguity,” Mr Hayward said.
“There is something seriously wrong with a driving test system which is notching up such extraordinary failure rates and has such long wait times.
“This, along with three new full time assessors, are urgently needed to resolve these long wait times and the unacceptable failure rates at the Bunbury Department of Transport.
“A recent public meeting highlighted the angst and distress that it is causing and how soul destroying it is for young people who are continuously being failed.
“Young people are totally bewildered by the constant failures when driving instructors have said they are ready to sit their tests but are failed time and time again.
“Instead of ignoring concerns, the Member for Bunbury needs to take this situation seriously and ensure the Minister for Transport makes urgent changes.”