Calgary, AB -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/01/2014 -- Most driving education courses focus on young drivers, teenagers with little to no experience behind the wheel. However, a safe driving course from Calgary Driving School focuses on drivers ages 55 and older.
The one-day Safe Driving for Mature Operators class is offered every other month in Calgary. Instructor Roy Turner says he tells his students, “as we go through this class, I’m probably going to tell you a lot of stuff you already know about driving. I’ll remind you of some things you may have forgotten, and hopefully, I’ll teach you one or two new things you didn’t know.”
There is no driving in the course and no test. Instead, it includes information suited to the needs of older drivers, from compensating for slower reaction times to new defensive driving tactics.
The cost is $25 for Calgary Driving School members and $30 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of materials and pays for the instructor. Under Alabama state law, participants receive a discount on auto insurance. The discounts usually range from five to 10 percent and the certification is valid for three years.
Driving schools seem to be confused as to what they should be doing following the recent three-point turn on the new driving licence curriculum by the Transport Ministry and Road Transport Department (RTD).
They are wondering whether to stop operations or continue as usual.
A poll of four driving institutes, two in Selangor and two in Kuala Lumpur, on the Transport Ministry’s list, revealed four different responses to the issue.
One driving institute in Kuala Lumpur told The Rakyat Post that all their classes and new registrations were on hold until after Hari Raya as they were waiting for the RTD’s final decision.
Another driving institute confidently responded that registration was still open, classes were still ongoing and quoted RM1,600 as the price to apply for a class D (car) licence.
In Selangor, one driving school quoted RM1,000 to apply for the same licence but added that the price might go up to between RM1,500 and RM1,700 after Hari Raya, depending on whether a registered student started the classes before or after the new curriculum was implemented.
The last driving school queried quoted RM1,138 for the same licence, but was more frank when asked what would happen if a new curriculum was implemented after a student was registered.
“I’m not sure if you will have to follow the new procedures or the old procedures. I have no answer for you on that,” said the staff member.
A report last week stated that fees for driving classes would increase due to a new curriculum being implemented on Aug 1.
However, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yesterday announced that the new curriculum had been put on hold for further study by the RTD, especially on the cost factor.
He had said considerable research and work had already been done on the curriculum to improve road safety.
However, he said he had asked RTD to undertake further studies to review the curriculum and its costs to the public.
This followed public uproar that the driving schools may double their fees in view of the changes to the curriculum by the ministry.
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