Breaking the cycle of bad driving

In response to James Roberts’ “Lessons in bad driving”, (Letterbox May 24). I wholeheartedly agree that there is a serious problem with people failing to obey the rules of the road.

As someone who spends up to 50 hours a week on the roads in this area, I see more examples of bad driving than most, but I would disagree that the driving test is to blame.

As you’ll discover if you ask anybody who’s recently taken one, today’s driving test is the toughest it’s ever been by a long chalk.

The problem lies with drivers who have the attitude that they can drive as they please because they have passed their driving test X years ago and although they know what they are doing is wrong, they are unlikely to get caught.

In addition to the points James made, smoking in workplace vehicles and using handheld mobiles are two other offences that I see every single day at least half a dozen times.

But what is the point in having laws, when there is nobody out there catching and punishing transgressors? You only have to look in this newspaper’s court report to see how few people are caught. Perhaps one or two a week in the whole of North Kirklees. One week’s driving convictions reads like what I see in one hour of my working day!

But when the police do crack down, people start bleating about ‘entrapment’ and ‘criminalising hard-working people’. Personally, I don’t get what is so hard about learning a set of rules, sticking to them and being punished when you break them.

But who am I to criticise? I’m just the one who has to convince the next generation to do as they are taught, not what they see others do.

Rob Hilliam

AA Driving Instructor, North Kirklees.