Student drivers short of traffic code books

Would-be drivers are having to learn the rules of the road from photocopied pages of the drivers’ manual because the Transport Ministry does not have enough storage space to take delivery of the required number of manuals, sources said yesterday. The problem is particularly acute in Attica and Thessaloniki, where most driving schools are located. There are about 3,000 driving schools around the country, each with about 10 student drivers per month. Jenny Demerouti, head of the ministry’s supply department, told Kathimerini new books would be made available on Friday from the Evgenidio Foundation, which prints them. However, according to sources, the Evegenidio blames state bureaucracy for the shortage. They said the Transport Ministry had not yet given formal permission for new books to be printed.