If there was a justification for mandating qualifications for teaching learner drivers, then this is it: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,26023580-2862,00.html What utter rubbish that this woman wasn't charged as well. And there are also issues about learner drivers and probationary drivers, for that matter, receiving penalties rather than mandatory licence/permit cancellation. Such a system seemed to work OK way back when. Why did they change it? After all, for probationary licence holders it's a probation. ie. subject to cancellation at any time for offences/misdeeds, whatever. Same for jobs and other things that require a period of probation. I suppose that you could argue that if on learners you offend, that you're still learning the ropes, as it were and should be offered some leeway. However, that does not apply to the fully licensed "instructor" that is supposedly teaching the learner how to drive. So, the instructor should also wear a penalty. If, however, they can demonstrate that they were doing their best to stop an offence being committed, perhaps then there are mitigating circumstances. But in this case, there is no excuse. Both mother and daughter should have worn the same penalties. And what rot "I have a headache". That may work in the bedroom, although with this woman her husband probably uses this excuse, but not in this case, not when lives are at risk.