Friday October 26, 2012

As a Massachusetts driving instructor, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to not only do something I love, but to also make a difference in our communities by imparting a skill to others for the well-being of all.

Yet, when it comes to road testing, things aren’t always so rosy or even kosher. Another instructor has commented on the exams being "inconsistent." I, however, have been around the block a few more times. Sometimes it’s obvious to me that the hidden agendas of the (Republican) so-called powers that be are taking priority over the well-being of any individual.

The RMV did a great thing by increasing the requirements for those under 18 called "junior operators." And the examiners are pretty good, so rarely will anyone pass who should not. The real issue comes when those who can drive fail to pass. To an applicant, this is disappointing, but sometimes it’s also devastating. And to their instructor/sponsor it can be frustrating and even sickening, as it causes unnecessary stress on instructors to do better.

We’re all in this together, so to help: keep our roads safe; be considerate of the well-being of everyone; curtail possible personal injury; and diminish the arrogance of power-mongers, I am recommending and requesting that the Depart ment of Transportation/ Regis try of Motor Vehicles license without further qualification except for a class or two, driving instructors with 20,000 hours (approximately 10 years full-time) of experience to perform road tests.

A driving school can submit a list of applicants to the RMV for approval of every applicant each week for the following week’s road tests, cutting down on month-long waits for road testing. Because this is new to instructors, each one hour time slot on the list should contain two or three applicants, giving the examining instructor 20 or 30 minutes at their discretion for each. The RMV could still charge the $20, only call it an administrative processing fee when tests are giving by driving schools. And driving school vehicles must be used for testing, so a sponsor is not necessary but of course still welcome.

MARK WM. THERRIEN

Stockbridge