Spanish judge rules women are worse drivers than men

Spanish judge rules women are worse drivers than men, allows driving school to charge women more.
By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM  |  Updated Oct. 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM   |   0 comments

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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A traffic school in northern Spain argued it was justified in charging women more for driving lessons than men, and a judge found in their favor, saying women are worse drivers than men.

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.

The price for lady learners was €850 ($1,150).

Zaragoza's consumer rights group fined the driving school €4,000 for sexual discrimination. Autoescuela Zaragoza argued their own data showed men required five fewer lessons than women.

Judge Javier Albar found the pricing policy wasn't discriminatory, citing data from Spain’s Directorate of Traffic that showed that "every single year, men displayed greater dexterity and better open road skills" than their female counterparts.

Judge Albar said that charging men more money for more classes than they need wouldn't appeal to them as consumers.

Though the school's data show women take more lessons, U.S. reports carried out by auto insurers routinely show women are safer drivers. Maybe a couple extra lessons aren't such a bad idea.

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