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01/03/2016 10:20:17

Death threats to a driving examiner

It must be every driving examiner’s nightmare – you fail a student during a test, and they turn on you and start threatening you. That’s what apparently happened when driving examiner John Williams pressed the brake on the dual control car that was being driven by 25 year old Antony Alltree. The car was exiting a junction, and Mr Williams felt it was unsafe to proceed, so pressed the brake and told Alltree that he had failed the test. Alltree got out of the car, and slammed the door, then chased the car down the road, shouting at both Mr Williams and his instructor who had been sitting in the back of the car.


Alltree is alleged to have warned the two men that he could make a single phone call and arrange to have them ‘done’. He was apparently angry because he had failed the test once before and then taken over 100 lessons. He felt confident that the £2,500 he had spent on his latest lessons meant he would pass his test the second time, but the examiner felt that in pulling out of the junction, Alltree had not allowed enough time to safely get across the carriageway, hence applying the dual control brakes.

Alltree admitted at his trial that he had used abusive behaviour, but claimed that the ‘death threat’ was a mishearing of his words that the instructor was ‘making a killing’ out of the driving lessons. He also claimed that the threat of a phone call to get the men ‘done’ was meant to be a call to his mother who would help him to make a complaint about the test being cut short.

Poor Mr Williams was so shaken by the experience that he had to cancel the tests for the remainder of the day. I have the greatest sympathy with anyone who has to deal with bad tempered drivers – it might be more peaceful being a lion tamer.



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