L-plater: Log book app would reduce cheating and simplify logging
LEARNER driver Eli Coleman said the Roads Minister’s idea to digitise the log book would be a positive step forward because it would reduce cheating and simplify logging entries.
Minister Duncan Gay recently said the current paper-based system was outdated.
“The paper learner log book system has been around for 16 years,” he said.
“Ask any learner or parent – it’s time for the system to tap into new technology and move forward to the digital age.”
Eli noted the ability to save data online would be a useful tool for logging the 120 hours.
“If you lose the log book, you really lose it,” he said. “If you have it on the app it would record it so even if you lost your phone you could just sign into it elsewhere and get the information back.”
His mother, Lee Coleman, said she would still prefer the physical log book.
“I could see that kids would probably like the app, but I’m a bit old school where I like to have the book,” she said.
“The log book has all the tips on teaching and supervision, it has diagrams, the bits that parents have to sign ... I wouldn’t tend to read that stuff in an app.”
Eli could see the digital version working well if journey times and lengths were tracked using a phone’s GPS functionality.
“It would reduce the amount of people trying to cheat because it would monitor where you were going and the distance you were going,” he said.