Grades of licenses for cars

Saw this article in the Sydney Morning Herald. Bloody excellent idea.

For motorbikes, there are several grades of licenses you can get, and you can’t legally ride the bigger gruntier bikes with the low-level license.

For trucks and buses, you have licenses again, for the different sizes.

For planes, you need to get certified in each and every model you want to be able to fly.

But for cars, we adopt a “one-size-fits-all” approach. This has always struck me as ludicrous; the skills you need to drive a VW Beetle aren’t the same as you need for a Saab sports car. Why not have different license types? It just makes sense.

Of course, I think they should also make the rego on urban 4WDs so high as to make them uneconomic, but that’s just me… 😉

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Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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