And In Other News

A lot of people got a scare last Halloween, when the government told second provisional licence holders they would no longer be allowed to drive on their own.

Panic ensued as thousands of provisional drivers scrambled to arrange tests.

The government relented, and said there would be an eight month holiday before the rule change.

That rule change is due next month, and the RSA has tested over 120000 second provisional drivers.

Unfortunately, not all those drivers managed to pass their tests.

And – whisper it – many drivers on first, third, even fourth provisional licenses also drive alone – and illegally.

I heard of one case where the driver is on his twelfth provisional licence.

With that in mind, and given the worrying increase in unemployment figures this week, I have a plan.

Allow me to present the Polish Passenger Initiative.

The idea is simple. If you need to get somewhere but can’t drive alone, hire a Polish worker laid off the buildings to sit in the passenger seat.

If successful, the project can be extended to include Lithuanians, Estonians, even Old Europeans from Germany or Holland.

And the EU can subsidise the passengers to explain the benefits of the Lisbon treaty.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.


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