Saturday 20 January 2018

Driver hopes to put brakes on run of test failures with 12th attempt

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A VETERAN motorist has vowed to prove his critics wrong and finally pass his driving test -- at the 12th attempt.

Ray Heffernan (63), of Mayfield, Cork, admitted he has found it "very hurtful" to be described as the country's worst driver and stressed he has never caused an accident in more than 40 years of driving in Ireland and the UK.

Mr Heffernan, who has failed 11 driving tests since 2004, will sit his 12th test on July 19 at the Cork city test centre.

He claimed the system is unfair because it doesn't offer an accurate picture of how safe and reliable a driver is.

"There are people out there driving with full licences that are absolutely dangerous on the roads. I have never had an accident -- I am a very safe and steady driver," he said.

On one occasion, Mr Heffernan was given 45 error marks -- more than eight times the number required to fail.

But Mr Heffernan vowed to keep sitting driving tests until he is awarded his full licence.

He is adamant he has never been involved in an accident in more than four decades of driving. "I have been driving for over 45 years and I have driven all over Ireland, London, East Anglia, Birmingham and even Scotland," he said.

"I have heard people say that if you can drive in London you can drive anywhere. But for some strange reason I still can't pass a driving test here."

He has even gone to the District Court to challenge his driving test rulings.

"This whole thing has cost me a small fortune -- it is not cheap to sit a driving test now. But I'll see justice done yet," he added. He's hoping that July 19 is the day he finally swaps his green licence for a red one.

Irish Independent

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