Wannabe drivers fail on unmarked roads
A LACK of white lines on Bundaberg's Production St is causing confusion for wannabe drivers as they take their test.
One would-be driver, who failed his test after being told he had cut a sweeping corner on his exit from the Transport and Main Roads Department (TMR), brought the issue to light by contacting the NewsMail.
He said he had been told by the testing officer that he had lost points for going over the "invisible white line". But the disgruntled man, who did not wish to be named, said there was nothing to indicate where his side of the road ended, because there were not any centre white line markings.
"He said I didn't keep to my side of the road and I said, 'there's nothing there to show you'," the man said.
But a spokesman for the TMR, which is located on Production St, said it was irrelevant whether or not a physical white line existed.
"Driving on the wrong side of the road will result in a driving error," the spokesman said.
"A single, non-critical driving error does not result in an unsuccessful driving test; however, an accumulation of non-critical driving errors can mean an unsuccessful test."
But the driver said he would never understand why a street frequently used by L and P plate drivers could be unmarked.
Drive 2 Driving School owner and instructor Peter Cousins said the man wasn't alone in his error.
Mr Cousins said many new drivers, particularly international drivers, struggled with unmarked roads such as Production St.
He said drivers who went into tests without private lessons may have picked up on their parents' errors or created their own bad habits, and would be more likely to make such mistakes.
"We've very strict on steering style and observation," he said.
Another Bundaberg driving school said it came across this problem "all the time".
The school said drivers often realised they were in the wrong position and corrected themselves, but during a test it was too late.
The disgruntled driver was successful in his second attempt to gain his licence.