Friday, March 14, 2008

Licenced to Steal

This time it's the French driving instructors:
Thousands of driver-training workers blocked traffic across main French cities Thursday in a national day of action against driving-licence reforms.

Instructors are protesting against possible changes to the system under an ongoing government review which they say will restrict their earnings.

.... "Our profession is in danger. The government wants to teach the highway code in schools and wants to cut the minimum number of (driving-instructor) hours required before sitting the test," said Georges Tassara, an instructors union representative.

"The cost of obtaining a driving licence, around 1,200 euros (1,875dollars) is not excessively high compared to northern European countries," said Jean-Louis Bouscaren, head of an instructors union.

.... Last month, thousands of taxis had staged a similar protest against deregulation of their profession.

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