Flanders launches free website for drivers-to-be
From now on, candidate drivers can study online thanks to the free website ‘mijnrijbewijsB.be’, an initiative of Flemish Mobility Minister, Ben Weyts (N-VA).
Every year 80.000 people in Flanders try to get their driver’s license. However, the chance to succeed for the theoretical exam, has decreased from 62% in 2015 tot 41% in 2018, after the exam was reorganized. Serious mistakes are punished more severely.
The digital course, put together by the Flemish foundation for traffic knowledge, Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde, was launched to prepare candidates for the exam but people wanting to refresh their traffic knowledge are welcome at the site as well.
Jeroen Smeesters, spokesman of Federdrive, the federation of recognized driving schools, agrees that it is a good idea for candidate drivers to provide as much information as possible but he wonders whether Flemish authorities should use tax money to do so. “There already are several paying sites. It’s a pity for companies providing those sites that there is a free alternative now.”