Yes, it’s true. For new drivers nervous over whether they can pass the parallel parking portion of the driver’s test at DMV, you have no more worries. Nevada DMV public information officer, Kevin Malone, released the following statement:
“Parallel parking was eliminated from the skills tests as of Jan. 13, 2020. The Department determined that parallel parking was an unnecessary part of the test. Testing of the parking skills needed is met by the requirements of entering, and backing out of, a perpendicular parking space and by other vehicle control requirements. The Nevada skills test meets the national standards set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.”
While many disagree with DMV’s decision to eliminate this portion of the test, Malone defended the action indicating that DMV examiners will be able to make a determination of a new driver’s ability to drive without the parallel parking component. “Nevada is not the first state to eliminate parallel parking. Our examiners actually got the idea from national conferences and from other states, so it may be becoming a best practice across the county,” Malone said.
Furthermore, Malone explains, the advent of assistive driving tools and other new technology had no bearing on the decision to make this change for DMV. New drivers are not allowed to use tools such as parallel parking assist, or even a backup camera during the driving test.
How people feel about eliminating Parallel Parking from the driver’s test
Most people appear to favor having the parallel parking component on the test. News 3 and the Review Journal did separate Twitter surveys and results came in showing roughly 60% of respondents think this component should remain on the test. While this is not a scientific survey and therefore the results may not reflect sentiment of the entire population, the results definitely lean toward favoring the parallel parking requirement.
On the other hand, most new drivers are happy with the change. The concern for current drivers and for professionals who teach driver training, is that without the requirement, vehicle maneuverability skills may not receive the attention they need to prepare new young drivers for real life driving. Together with the recent reduction on the written test from 50 to 25 questions, makes some people concerned about increased accidents due to less prepared and trained new drivers on the roads.
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While we’re not in the driver training business, we can help if you get a ticket in Las Vegas or surrounding Clark County Nevada. We negotiate with the local courts to get your charges reduced, saving you the time of going to traffic court, and saving you money in the process. In most cases we can get your charges reduced to the equivalent of a parking ticket. It’s best not to get a ticket, but if you do, Ticket Busters is here to help. Call our office at (702) 666-6666 more information, or click the green button at the bottom of the page to text us your ticket.