Originally Posted by lizardmech
Is the real reason that some people are so eager to implement P plater restriction is that they are jealous that more young people can afford to have a expensive car these days? A lot of people seem to use the argument that because when they were young they could only afford cheap car that wasn't very fast everyone else should be forced to do the same thing.
Well, I don't agree with your argument there.
I doubt anyone in power - the actual people who legislate anyway - care one way or another what you drive as long as they get the revenue from registration taxes etc, but I do think it's just easier for them to restrict the current generation who can afford more hipo cars as opposed to spending the proper amount of money that should be spent on driver education BEFORE you can get on the road.
It's always been easy to the point of ridiculous to get a license in this country, and now - just like in health, education and public transport - state governments are reaping the dubious rewards of their own mismanagement of the standards in the licensing system.
It's the same sort of excuse and justification they use to push the speed camera barrow. Speed kills so we will punish you for speeding after the fact rather than trying to stop you speeding before hand.
Prevention costs money, where as punishment creates revenue for a government.
Yet we continue to elect governments that would rather slap us over the wrist for being naughty than give us an incentive to be good - in effect letting ourselves be punished for their inability to effectively manage anything they touch - and the worst they are the more we suffer.
Jealousy isn't the reason, it's just a matter of another cheap band-aid fix to a problem of their making that is now too "politically big" for them to solve.