[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Tue Dec 21 12:54:25 GMT 2021

On Sun, 19 Dec 2021 21:58:33 +0100, markus baur <baur at chello.at> wrote:

>Am 19.12.2021 um 21:41 schrieb Marc Wilson:
>> On Sun, 19 Dec 2021 08:01:03 -0700, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
>> wrote:
>>>> On Dec 19, 2021, at 7:02 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>>>> In 2020, for the first time ever, autos outsold manual vehicles in new
>>>> sales.  Despite which, almost everyone here can "drive stick", because
>>>> (a) that's how the vast majority of people learn;
>>>> (b) if you pass your test in an auto, that's all you're licensed to
>>>> drive - to switch to manual, you'd have to retake it;¹
>>> That seems odd to me.   The driving test should be to make sure the licensed driver is safe on the road.   I don’t see it as being dangerous for someone used to driving an automatic car to drive a car with a manual transmission.
>> If you've never demonstrated that you can use the gears correctly,
>> without stalling in traffic etc, you're not deemed to be safe on the
>> road - which is rather odd, since (AFAIK) we don't enforce the same
>> rules on someone with a foreign licence hiring a car.
>but afaik the rental companies only rent to persons whose drivers
>licenses is a certain number of years old ..

Generally, in the UK it's over 21 with 2 years' experience.  Some places
specify 25, and in all cases they have a higher excess for younger

They may have different rules for non-UK drivers, especially those used
to driving on the other side of the road.
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