Thursday, 3 October 2013

Spanish judge: "Women drive worse than men"

Or - how not to make female friends and influence people.  Said judge is now in a little hot water after saying that a driving school was within its rights to charge higher fees to female learners than to their male counterparts.

The Judge in question is Javier Albar from Zaragoza in northern Spain.  He decided in favour of a local driving school which stated that their decision to charge women more than men wasn't discriminatory.

The Judge's reasoning arose from official data apparently from Spain’s Directorate of Traffic, which proved that "every single year, men displayed greater dexterity and better open road skills" than their female counterparts.

The case in question started in 2011, when Autoescuela Zaragoza advertised a deal where, for €665 ($900), prospective male drivers aged 18 to 22 could get as many classes as they needed to obtain their driving license.  However, they said that the price for female learners was €850.

Zaragoza's consumer rights group took the matter to court, which then fined the driving school €4,000 for sexual discrimination.

However, according to Autoescuela Zaragoza, even their own data showed male learners required five practical lessons fewer than female ones, and they took the matter to the city courts.

From there Judge Albar got involved and he agreed with their standing.

Makes one wonder if their female clientele will tend to, well, be driven away?