Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
If it was included in the price, I wouldn't complain, but if it was an option, I'd be more likely to leave it and go for something like a big stereo or sunroof instead. Unfortunately, market research shows most other Aussies would do the same thing.
In a country where our politicians constantly ram the 'speed kills' furphy down our throats, we have the most woeful driver education standards before you can actually gain a licence to drive something like a Boss290 powered GT.
While I'm a big fan of the idea of advanced driver training, I doubt it will ever become widespread unless state licencing authorities make it mandatory before you can get your licence...
The cost issue is a huge factor to the regular public, and making it widespread would help lower those costs, and other incentives like lower insurance, licencing & registration charges if you have a record of driver training should also be considered.
Personally, I'm in favour of a system where high performance cars (be they V8, Turbo or whatever) are kept completely out of the hands of young, inexperienced drivers.
In NSW, bikes have a capacity cap when you're a learner and 'P' plater that you are only exempt from after you turn 30. It seems (if I've read other posts correctly) that Victoria does have something along these lines in place for their licences.
We need to look at every aspect of our licencing system and include things like driver training at the very base, beginners level, not just at the high end of the spectrum.
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
Co Founder: 3FB Inc.
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