(Toronto, Ontario) According to an audit by the Transportation Ministry, driver education courses and instructors are substandard in Ontario. Apparently, people completing driver education programs are less capable drivers than those who never attend a course.
One problem identified is that driver education instructors are statistically worse drivers than the general public.
Auditor General Jim McCarter found that 360 of Ontario's 5,500 instructors have demerit points for driving infractions.Actions are planned to assure better-qualified instructors are employed. Details were not disclosed.
That's a rate of 6.5 per cent, well above the 1.4 per cent rate for the motoring public.
The ministry will also regulate all beginner driver education courses in the wake of an alarming auditor's finding that new drivers who took the courses were more likely to be involved in collisions than those who did not.This is the first study I've heard of regarding the effectiveness of driver education programs. Since licensing and insurance rates are often tied to completion of such courses, it would seem prudent to verify by some measure that all programs are effective.
Maybe there's a need for No Driver Left Accident-Prone legislation. Of course, it would be comical to have instances of drivers asking their insurance companies for a discount because they didn't complete driver education.