Monday 23 April 2018

Motorist fails test for 12th time, despite driving for 45 years

Learner driver Ray Heffernan from Mayfield, Co Cork pictured with his latest failed driving test report yesterday.
Learner driver Ray Heffernan from Mayfield, Co Cork pictured with his latest failed driving test report yesterday.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MOTORIST who has been driving for 45 years failed his driving test for the 12th time yesterday, and slated the testing regime as unfair.

Ray Heffernan (63) has been trying to pass his test for years but failed again yesterday, arriving back at the Cork test centre with a total of 26 faults.

The retired plasterer said he is now considering court action over his latest failure -- and said he believes he has never driven better than in yesterday's test.

"I didn't just give it 100pc -- I gave it 120pc," Mr Heffernan said.

Because of his repeated failures, he was assigned a regional supervisor for yesterday's test.

While he didn't score any grade three faults -- the most serious kind -- he scored 14 grade two faults and 12 grade one faults.

Nine grade two faults -- in any combination -- are sufficient to fail a test.

However, Mr Heffernan would also have failed on the basis that he had four grade two faults under a single heading -- for 'observation/moving off'.

"It is soul destroying -- I know I am a good driver. I am a very safe driver," he said.

Despite not passing his test, Mr Heffernan has been driving for 45 years and has never caused or been involved in an accident.

"If I was that bad a driver there is no way I should still be alive. It is all wrong," he said.

The provisional licence he currently uses to drive is valid until 2013 -- so he has time to consider whether it might prove to be 13th time lucky in his next test.

Irish Independent

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