YEP Letters: April 6

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Don’t blame the driving instructors

Joan Kaye, Armley

With reference to the letter from Martin McFadden (YEP, April 2), I write on behalf of over 42,000 approved driving instructors by replying to his assumption that we always teach our pupils to park the car and leave it in neutral.

If you could be bothered to observe an ADI at work, you would see that we do not simply suggest handbrake/neutral. We give all kinds of other methods regarding safety on hills when a gear would be selected and the wheels turned towards the kerb as appropriate.

On test, the candidate is asked to pull up on several occasions so the examiner can check that the correct procedure has been followed regarding observations, choice of location, whether a signal was applied if necessary, whether the correct procedure was carried out to move away again with signals as appropriate.

These are short stops and neutral would be selected on those occasions.

No doubt Mr McFadden believes that we also teach our pupils to run red lights, to block junctions, yellow box areas, to break the speed limit whenever possible, to tailgate, to use a mobile phone whilst driving, to harass other motorists, to neglect to signal correctly when approaching and leaving roundabouts, to do illegal U turns and a whole host of other dangerous activities which we, as ADIs see every day when we are doing our best to make our learners safe on our roads.

For many years, and during the course of several governments, we have been campaigning for a Graduated Driving Licence and either a re-test or an assessment every 10 years. We are sick and tired of Joe Public blaming the instructors who do an admirable job and put their lives at risk every day because of idiots on the road who think they are brilliant drivers.

I am also sick and tired of hearing people say “If I took my test today, I would fail it”. If that is the case, they should be taking some refresher lessons from the experts who have passed an extremely difficult qualification process and do their best against the odds because they care about road safety.

Great NHS care and no long wait

Sylvia Overfield, Leeds

Mel Smart should really check his facts before submitting them for publication. (Your Feedback, April 1).

He jumps on the bandwagon when it comes to playing political football with the NHS by quoting a case in point of a work colleague told by his doctor that he would have to wait three years for hip replacement surgery, but could have this done privately within two weeks.

He uses this as an example of queue jumping by those who have wealth whilst the rest must wait.

As a representative of ‘the rest’, I would like to reassure people who might be considering seeking similar help that this simply is not true.

I recently had my third joint replacement in 11 years, all under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

I received excellent care from my surgeon and his team and also the nursing and physiotherapy teams at Chapel Allerton Hospital, who work together like a finely tuned machine at this centre of excellence to ensure fantastic patient care and a speedy return to health – and all this well within the 18-week Government target!

Mother-in-law’s maths support

Muriel Dodgson, Morley

Mel Smart is at it again. His obvious hatred of anything Conservative is apparent.

He conveniently forgets that Labour nearly made the country bankrupt and the former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer has to rely on his mother-in-law to help him with maths.

Free buses are great for OAPs

Jackie Johnson, Dewsbury

CAN I please respond to Nick Keer? Behind our old faces we are just the same as we always were, as we were when we were young.

It is only the mirror tells a different story and Nick, believe me, time flies and you will soon be joining the ranks.

When my daughter was young, I only paid married woman’s stamp, but my husband left me and lives in Malta, so my pension is £98 a week. Live on that Nick.

I have to use my savings to exist and now the interest is zilch so there is no way to top them up.

I don’t use the buses because I married again and my husband has a car, but the free bus is a godsend to some pensioners.

Man’s man is no real gentleman

Anne Ward, Oakwood

So Malcolm Nicholson thinks Jeremy Clarkson is a “man’s man”.

Well, if being a “man’s man” involves, amongst his other infantile escapades, bullying a junior member of staff and apparently not condemning the internet trolls who have sent death threats to the object of his anger, then give me a “gentle” man any day.

Waterloo was an allied effort

John Barry Smith, Cookridge

WITH REFERENCE to the letter from Gordon Reed about Waterloo (Your Feedback, April 2) I would like to state that it was an allied victory as 45 per cent of Wellington’s troops were German/Prussian, 20 per cent were Dutch and Belgian and 35 per cent were British.

If Blucher’s German/Prussian troops hadn’t arrived it would have been a different story.

My great, great, great grandfather, bugler John Mann, Second Company Coldstream Guards, fought at this battle.

More money than brains

A Hague, Harehills

I READ that a £700m plan to move people onto a new benefits system has been branded a failure by Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Welfare Minister.

Just 18,000 people have been placed on the Government’s Universal Credit despite a promise that seven million would be on it.

It is a lot of money to waste, costing £26,000 for each person on the system.

It just shows that the coalition government has more money than brains to throw around.

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