Stopping at Zebra Crossings

stopping at zebra crossingsStopping at zebra crossings is the correct thing to do when pedestrians are waiting. It’s a long established fact in the world of driving isn’t it?

This is an extract from the Highway Code. ‘Look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross‘. There are impending changes to the Highway Code which creates a new hierarchy:

 ‘Which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.’

With that in mind one would think it even more important that drivers should stop for pedestrians at crossings.

So what is the point of this article you might ask? An inside source has told us that the DVSA no longer consider it a serious fault when a learner driver on test fails to stop for pedestrians. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency are the organisation which sets the rules for driving. What kind of message does that give out to our drivers of the future? And how does that protect the vulnerable road users they share the road with?

Dumbing Down the Test?

Perhaps this is example of the DVSA lowering the standard in order to get more people to pass the test?

There is post-pandemic problem of long waiting times for tests. This leads to disgruntled customers; and that in turn leads to pressure from the ministers to take action. Unfortunately, this looks very similar to other steps the agency has recently taken. The emphasis is on doing anything to reduce waiting times, whilst turning a blind eye to the effects of these actions on road safety.

The standard required to pass a driving test has never been particularly high. People pass as long as they show that they’re not likely to endanger anyone while practising to improve on their own. But how long before new drivers put pedestrians in danger by not stopping at zebra crossings because the DVSA thinks that doesn’t matter?

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