however as far as I know it is more or less impossible to buy a driving licence in Poland now
the driving test itself is recorded on film and you simply cannot cheat anymore
4 different cameras, plus a microphone inside the car - and they routinely review the films. There was a big sting recently in Poznan with quite a few examiners being fired.
anyone care to comment?
Mine was fantastic - truly passionate about driving, and he was keen to point out that much of driving was actually mathematical in nature. Not a crook at all - he had real passion for it, and he's now started his own school. Probably the best thing about him was that he was always pointing out other instructors mistakes - for instance, letting people sit forwards instead of back in the chair.
Generally though, instructors aren't too bad - there are league tables published of their ability to get students through the exams, so the bad instructors are often found out quite quickly. One big problem (and my instructor has solved this) is with the theory lessons not preparing people for the road - but he solved this by creating a custom-built simulator and making sure that people can work the pedals properly before going on the road.
Great guy - if anyone wants an instructor in Poznan, I'm happy to pass his details on. He's not the cheapest, but he was reliable and trustworthy. He was also quite happy to use the dual controls if he felt the need.