14 Oct 2020

Driving instructor furious at difficulty to attain licences

From Morning Report, 8:35 am on 14 October 2020

A driving instructor in Wairoa has slammed the inconsistency of taking practical licence tests away from her town but keeping it in other, comparable centres.

Lou Maultstaid has seen countless youngsters in Northern Hawke's Bay choosing to drive without a full licence and says that for many, it can be the first step onto a "mousewheel" of crime and benefits.

She can't understand why Waka Kotahi - the NZ Transport Agency - took examinations from Wairoa based on the lack of challenging road conditions, yet retains testing in towns such as Feilding and Dannevirke.

Maultstaid speaks to Corin Dann.