Matt Greenop on motoring
Matt Greenop is editor of Driven magazine

Matt Greenop: Testing needs to be more transparent

The drivers are tested needs to be more transparent says Driven editor Matt Greenop. Photo: NZPA / Ross Setford
The drivers are tested needs to be more transparent says Driven editor Matt Greenop. Photo: NZPA / Ross Setford

Freedom is a pretty valuable commodity in the scheme of things. So it's no small wonder that those who are lining up to get their four-wheeled liberty get the snip when they fail - and it does seem more likely to be when, not if.

Last week's missive on the injustices of drivers' licensing, the dangers of kids in powerful cars and the power of a bit of education sparked a lively debate in the comments section on, which is great to see.

Between these comments, and the emails to Driven in the past week, there seems to be an overwhelming distrust of the current system. Farming something of high importance like driver licensing to private entities is - as many of you pointed out - introducing a huge flaw right at the beginning of the process.

Some sort of transparency in the way in which tests are conducted is vital to maintain any sort of integrity for one of the biggest tests a teen will face - we won't count NCEA for obvious reasons.

If young drivers are resigned to being failed as a matter of course, because they know that rebooking their tests is simply going to add a few more bucks to the testing company's coffers, there won't be much trust in any other parts of the system.

Honesty on the part of the testers themselves would help, by the looks of things. If people are failed for something when others pass it's no wonder there's anger towards the system.

Have you been through this process, or have you had to fund your children through it? Let us know how the system could be improved at or on

On another note, next weekend I'll be bashing around the countryside as part of the Targa spectacle.

Last year I drove a HSV Clubsport as a safety car, and this year I'm behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG on the event between Auckland and Rotorua - get out there and check it out, or come and say gidday.

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