Maryland removes parallel parking requirement from driving test

Maryland removes parallel parking requirement from driving test

There will be no problem regarding parallel parking for new drivers in Maryland as it will not be required to pass a driving test. On Tuesday, the requirement was removed by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. According to spokesman Buel Young, officials concluded the exercises required to parallel park were being assessed in other parts of the test, like steering, backing, speed control, use of mirrors and judgment of space.

According to officials, parallel parking has not been permanently removed from the DC test in the face of a failure to test the skill set for many years. As per Young, parallel parking will remain a teaching requirement in state- controlled driver's education courses in Maryland.

This week, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration announced that they've removed the parallel parking demonstration from their driver's test in the state. According to the MVA, there will be no effect on the curriculum and students will keep on learning the skills of parallel parking in the classroom; they don't need to show it on the road.

According to David Willard, Executive Vice President of Greg's Driving School in Mount Airy, students have been considered on this part of the test only. Willard added, "So they can parallel park like angels, but then they get lost in intersections, they wouldn't know what to do on a turn, hold their landing control, their speed; so they really want students to really focus on the principles of general driving".

Beverly McCardle, Frederick resident said that everyone needs to have this skill and one should have the ability to park on either side of the street: parallel or otherwise.


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