'It will be harder but a lot better'
PADDY Guiney is on the final stretch before sitting his driving test in three weeks' time.
The 24-year-old from Clontarf, north Dublin, is broadly supportive of the new proposals, but feels driving without direction from a tester could make things more difficult for some.
"The independent driving recommendation is something that we haven't seen before. Although when you look at it closely it seems like a good suggestion," he said.
"It may be a bit harder for people to sit the test, but I think it will make for better drivers, because you won't be as dependant on the instructor as you would normally.''
Paddy has also given the green light to a change of emphasis in the oral testing of candidates, when it comes to the rules of the road and greater risk awareness.
"Changes to the oral test would be good. With regard to the test on road signage and maps, there's a lot of rote learning involved, but this proposal would remove that side of things.
"I don't know if the test as it stands is outdated – but I do think it needs to be changed."