I've seen here in France some fancy learner school car. BMW 120D, 206CC, Renault Espace, Mini Cooper but most of them are Clio, 206/207 or Modus.
Instructor, just a question for my personnal information. How the system is working in the UK ?
In France it's a two or three stage exam.
1 Road (Highway?) code exam : Theorical exam in 40 question about how to behave on road (Panel comprehension, are you allowed to overtake etc...) You could pass this exam at 16 year old. If you succeed, you are allowed to the accompanied driving possibility (You can drive a car if you are accompanied by a refferent driver, usualy the parents) during two years. You have to drive a certain numbers of Km during the year and keep a record of it. More and more young learn that way (better results at the final exam, less accident etc...) but the majority of them wait to be 18 to pass both exam together.
2. Driving Examination : After having learn the rules, you learn to drive in town, on motorway, how to park, etc.
You have to go to a driving school and spend a minimum of 20H of driving lessons. Then you go (with your instructor and with the car you've learned in) in a exam center and spend minimum half an hour to drive with the examinator.
Results : The average cost of a driving licence in France is about 2 000 €
The success rate at the driving exam is between 45 and 52%
The average cost of one driving lessons (55 mn if you are lucky) is about 37 to 40 €
And as a final results, the young drivers are the main figures in road casualty...
A new phenomena appear to is the non licensed drivers (some statistic give a figure over one million driver without driving license) Because of the cost of the driving license and/or of the lost of all the points (12 points but 6 for beginner during the first three years) and the removal of the driving license.
Sorry for the long off topic post but I'm very interested by the different rules/way to manage problems we have in Europe...