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Spanish Judge Inflames Women Drivers

The debate over whether men or women are better drivers reached a whole new level of political incorrectness recently, when a Spanish judge upheld a driving school’s decision to charge more for women’s driving lessons.

Judge Javier Albar was asked to rule on a sexual discrimination case in which the Gasque Driving School offered a promotion whereby men could buy as many driving lessons as it took to pass their test for the price of €665, but the same deal cost women €850.

Their reasoning was that they believe on average it takes five more lessons for women to pass their test.

Consumer rights groups disagreed – they fined the driving school €4,000 for sexual discrimination and demanded they drop the unequal promotion.

Fine overturned

But Judge Albar agreed with the driving school when they appealed to the courts. The driving school presented research to back up their claim that women require more lessons to attain driving test standards.

The judge quoted data from Spain’s Directorate of Traffic, which claims to prove that men display greater dexterity and better open road skills in tests than women.

Spain’s Women’s Institute have said they will petition for the matter to be taken to the Constitutional Court.

Parallel observations with women’s insurance

EU Legislation ruled in 2011 that insurance companies were no longer permitted to offer cheaper rates to women, despite statistical data which seemed to suggest that women are, in fact, a lower risk.

It’s interesting to note that while this non-discriminatory legislation applies to insurance premiums, it’s not yet caught up with Spanish driving schools, who are apparently at liberty to use opposing data to uphold higher costs for women’s driving lessons.

Unlike Spanish driving schools, Girl Motor doesn't give ladies a hard time. Our car insurance is designed to offer great cover for both men and women (but we think the girls will appreciate the handbag cover that comes as standard on all our policies!).

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