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Legal background

The 2-stage training, also called WAB, briefly explained.


What is the WAB course for?
According to various studies, 18- to 24 year old novice drivers cause accidents more often than all other drivers. The legislators saw a need for action and decided to put to test the practical skills and the driving habits the novice drivers license before a definitive driving license is issued.
The compulsory WAB course is therefore designed to help prevent accidents on our roads.

Who must attend the WAB course?
According to new regulations in the Road Traffic Law, which has been implements since December 1st, 2005, the driver's license is no longer issued definitively after initially passing the practical test, but is being hold on a trial staus of 3 years. The novice drivers are obliged to complete the WAB course in the first year after receiving their driving license.

When do you have to attend the course?
All novice drivers who are in possession of a trial license must attend a WAB course day within twelve months of the issue of the license (after passing the driver test).
When is the permanent driving license issued?
The licensing authority issues the definitive driving license after the trial period, if the novice drivers has completed the conpulsorry obligatory two-phase training and if they have not committed any offenses or re-offenses against the Road Traffic Law.

Use of the WAB course
Can the novice drivers benefit from the WAB course? Not everyone concerned sees and welcomes the obligation to participate in this advanced training course in order to receive an definitve driver's license. This is not unexpected, especially since the novice also have to pay for the course themselves. Still, the evaluation of feedback from course participants and the survey carried out online confirm that a majority of novice drivers benefit immensly from the WAB course.

To whom does this rule not apply?
This regulation does not apply to persons who are already holders of an definitive license of the category A or B.

What does compulsory training include?
The training is intended to enable the participants to safely respond to emergency braking quickly and to apply the principles of an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient driving style.

Furthermore, the knowledge of course participants about the main influencing factors of accidents should be promoted by experiencing different driving situations under realistic conditions.