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Licensing systems are getting tougher


Date: Tuesday, 06. February 2007

There was a time when, in most parts of the world, all that was needed to get a driver's license was access to an automobile, a desire to drive and an absolute minimum of ability behind the wheel. But times are changing rapidly.

Behind the scenes, today's licensing administrators are contemplating a world in which drivers enter the world of driving rights and privileges in carefully controlled stages with appropriate testing. Demerit point systems and incentive programs will punish and reward bad and good performance throughout a driver's behind-the-wheel "career," and, when that career is coming to an end, driving rights and privileges will gradually be withdrawn again as the driver's abilities give way to the aging process.

Drivers of all specialties (ambulance, taxi, large truck, dangerous goods, etc.) will have their own graduated systems, with graduated rights and privileges, demerit point and incentive systems, and specialized training and testing.

In short, the days of casual driving are rapidly coming to a close all around the world. The days when a quick drive around the block was enough to qualify for a license (one driver said all he had to do was swear on the bible he knew how to drive!) are all but over. The new licensing world will be a high-tech one in which licensing requirements are harmonized between provinces, states, and even countries (as in Europe). Driver records will be tracked internationally, and suspensions will likely be international as well.

How will all this affect driving standards, safety, and the efficiency of road transportation? This remains to be seen; we will try to keep you informed about the issues.

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Do u need ur grade 12 diploma to get ur full class g license in Ontario?


hey dude whats up what r u doing


Yah i'm with Matt here just leave the age alone because sooner or later you are going to get experience driving, just leave it at the age of 16 douches.>=(


i agree wit jesse on this


hey this is interesting stuff


Age itself has little to do with it. it depends on the individual, i have a couple of cousins who are getting into their 30's and are constantly getting into wrecks and fender benders. and i have been driving for 4 years,since i was 14(i live in a really small town, but i also drive a lot in El Paso) and i've never hit anything other that a three foot pole that i couldn't see behind me. my opinion is that its good to raise the standards, because it'll seperate the one that are more responsible from the ones who just get a license and dont know wtf they are doin


age is only one of the compoents. Responsibility and skill are much more important. Just because you are 16 doesn't mean you are nor responsible. It depends on the person and it is not fair that 16 year olds now and drive but next year they might not be able to. The teenagers now are actually more irresponible and ignorant. The teens now are supid retards. The kids that are about to become teens are much more pependable. I KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!

Walter H.,

I guess all the above comments come from kids not quite driving age yet. However folks, things are going to get tougher no matter what - unless you can persuade your older brothers and sisters to driver more safely and not crash. They are the ones responsible for tougher licensing laws since they crash much more often than other age groups.

The other argument is that 16-year-olds are not yet mature enough !!!!!!!!!!!


u all r idiots


you both are

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