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Parallel Parking Cut From Maryland Driver's Test; Teens Probably Rejoicing

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:21 AM

Parallel parking was cut from the driver’s test in Maryland Tuesday, likely to the relief of many teenagers there.

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration spokesman Buel Young told The Baltimore Sun that officials decided that the skills for parallel parking are already tested in other required maneuvers, specifically the two-point turn.

“We constantly re-evaluate and reassess our test, and when looking at the noncommercial Class C driver's skills test, it was determined that we were testing individuals several times for the same skills,” Young told the newspaper.

While not tested to receive a driver’s license, parallel parking will still be taught to drivers as part of the state’s curriculum for driver’s education classes, according to the Sun.

The Washington Post reported rumors that the elimination is due to MVA backup and a two-month waiting list, presumably caused by people who failed their tests because of parallel parking.

“It is by far the most complex thing on the actual skill test,” David Resnick, treasurer for the Maryland Professional Driver Education Association, told The Post. “Maybe taking out parallel parking will help more people pass, help alleviate that part of it.”

The Sun reported the MVA does not have specific statistics on the number of people who fail due to parallel parking, but in fiscal year 2014, 47 percent of 154,526 hopeful drivers did not pass.

“That’s a potential,” Young told The Post on the alleviation of backups for the driving test. “But it’s too early to determine that.”

While Maryland is close to Washington, D.C. — a place where parallel parking is common — Resnick said most people who do not live in the city do not use the skill.

“I’m actually in favor of [the elimination],” Resnick said. “We have a lot of parents who want us to make sure we spend a lot of time on parallel parking and make it a focus of a large portion of behind-the-wheel training. Our response is, nobody dies [while] parallel parking. We want to work on entering and exiting expressways and focus on more dangerous maneuvers.”

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