This morning, walked into the RTA nearby, and 45 minutes later, walked out of the RTA, missing $68, the number 1 after the word Provisional altered to 2 (Cause this new license is identical!), five plastic Green P plates, and now being able to travel 10 more kph on my cap - Finally got my Green Ps.
No seriously, I don't get it. Fair go, I respect the reasoning and principle behind the Hazard Perception Test, but what I don't get is why is it done after someone spends a term driving solo on a provisional license, and not before it, very much combined with the Driving Ability Road Test?
They're teaching us to practice looking for hazards and pacing ourselves around other vehicles and hazards and stuff, but shouldn't this be done before the young (Or not so young) driver gets let loose on their Red Ps and starts driving all over the place?
Secondly, I felt it wasn't an adequate testing process with some of these scenarios on the computer screen, as the resolution of the videos they used weren't high, and really distorted the 'hazard' that we had to look for, compared to being out there in the real world and scanning with your natural eyesight.
Like the 'practice' question where you're about to hit some stupid woman who swerves her pram all over the kurb before randomly pushing it infront of your car. She appears as a dark object until a virtual 15m then suddenly brightens into view and jumps infront of you, cause that caught me out!
No I'm not ranting on the basis of cost, because the cost of licensing is nothing compared to purchasing and running a car. I just fail to see the logic in the way NSW carries out this licensing system and many other things associated to it, and I'm sure others who have been put through it, would agree.
Feel free to comment, be civil.