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Legal background

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


Why WAB course?
According to various studies, 18- to 24-year-old new drivers have a higher frequency of accidents than all other road users. The legislator saw a need for action here and decided to check the first practical experience and also the driving behavior of the novice drivers license before a definitive driving license is issued.
The compulsory daily WAB course is designed to help prevent accidents on our roads.

Who must attend the WAB course?
According to the new regulation in the SVG, which has been in force since December 1, 2005, the driver's license is no longer issued definitively after passing the practical test, but on a trial basis for a period of 3 years. The new 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 new drivers who are in possession of a test license must attend a WAB course day within twelve months of the issue of the test license (after passing the driver test).
When is the permanent driving license issued?
The licensing authority issues the unlimited driving license after the trial period, if the new driver has completed the obligatory two-phase training and if he has not committed any re-offenses against the road traffic law.

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

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

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

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

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