Herald Sun - Motoring - - Letters - John Austin

HAS any­one can­vassed the idea of hav­ing a merit-based li­cence for young driv­ers as op­posed to the de­merit sys­tem we now have? A sys­tem that pro­motes en­cour­ag­in­gre­ward­ing in­stead of giv­ing a li­cence then rig­or­ously work­ing on de­merit un­til the poor driver has to walk. My thought was that a young driver could earn re­wards by get­ting bet­ter the­ory re­sults, (per­haps a con­se­quence of greater in­ter­est). Re­ward could also ac­crue by pay­ing for and com­plet­ing ad­vanced driv­ing cour­ses, first-aid cour­ses etc. Th­ese re­wards could be man­i­fested in per­haps a dif­fer­ent coloured li­cence (graded up to a gold coloured li­cence or P plates?), re­duced time spent on Ps, abil­ity to carry pas­sen­gers sooner and so on. Un­like my younger years, when cars and driv­ing was a pas­sion, we need some­thing to give the lap­top layabouts some in­cen­tive to bet­ter them­selves.

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