April 03, 2006

Possibly the most stupid idea I've heard for a while…

So the AA Trust are calling for curfews and passenger-limits for young drivers (i.e. 17–21).

I wonder if they've thought this one through…

Imagine a typical night out, possibly involving a drive into town, or even to another town. Public transport's a definite no-no, and you're not going to even bother asking your Mum to give you a lift to a club.

If the government listen to these imbeciles at the AA, then the following will happen:

  • people will ignore the curfew (which is of course daft anyway)
  • cars will only have three people in, rather than five
  • this means more pollution
  • this also means more young drivers on the road
  • this also makes it more likely that someone will drink-drive
  • this means more young deaths on the road.

Really guys, ignoring the civil liberties aspect (how the hell else are young people supposed to get out?), did you really think this one through?

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  1. You can always score cheap political points and appeal to the middle aged's sense of superiority by making all young people out to be lazy/dangerous/good-for-nothing/all-of-the-above. Shame on the AA - I'm glad I use the RAC.

    03 Apr 2006, 11:45

  2. Curfew? Mmmm I joined a fascist motering organisation.

    I for one refute the assumption that I should be considered the same as a 17 year old.
    Excluding the fact that I feel I've earned my right to all the legal things now open to me after years of watching muppets who didn't deserve the vote piddle round in their adult status, I'll be buggered (at 16 now you know) if this one will pass(and I shall mkae such a difference!). Aptitude tests are the way forward I reckon.

    Ed – No way will I change over. The RAC couldn't find it's own arse with both hands etc…

    03 Apr 2006, 12:14

  3. It would almost be worth it passing to watch someone try and enforce it.

    04 Apr 2006, 13:42

  4. Well, it's probably as hard to enforce as those car-lanes for car-sharers into certain cities. Albeit nationwide… Hmm…

    04 Apr 2006, 14:45

  5. I think the real problem is that people can pass their test in a Corsa on the A129 in Norfolk at 10.30 on a Friday and then jump into a Ferrari on the M25 at 17.30.

    Why not make everyone drive a car capped at 70mph until they're 21 or something?

    04 Apr 2006, 18:06

  6. Shouldn't they be capped at that speed anyway… ?

    04 Apr 2006, 21:26

  7. hahahaha. edwards, you eijit. hahahaaha.

    awful idea, this curfew and passenger bollocks.

    05 Apr 2006, 16:25

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