A faulty program, that takes away from innocent people.
It is ridiculous to think that making it take longer to get your drivers license that it will make you a better driver. You can apply to get your license at the age of 16 in British Columbia, you go in and take a written test and if you pass you get your learners license (your L). Once you have your L you must complete 60 hours of supervised driving by someone who is 25 or older and has had their license for over five years. This is relatively easy to do for the average person.
With your L you can not drive from midnight to five in the morning. After you’ve had your L for an entire year you are then able to go to get your Novice level drivers license. In order to get your Novice drivers license (your N) you need to go out for a driving test with a qualified instructor, the test takes anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes. If you pass your Novice test this allows you to now drive on your own or with one other person in the car. Your Novice portion of your license takes 2 years to complete. At this point you can then go take another driving test in order to get rid of your N and finally get your Class 5 license after this three year process.
This process has been so lengthened and it doesn’t help driving accidents at all. The program is so ridiculous. No one can drive with more than one person in their car until they’re 19. The whole system is just a huge money grab for the government, it has nothing to do with improving the roads.
It costs $10 each time you go to write your L test, $50 each time you have to take your N test and if you pass it becomes $75. I personally have not gotten to the point where I can go to get rid of my N but I’m sure the process is quite similar to the others. Not to mention the inflated insurance payments we have to make on our cars because of our age. People should not be discriminated against for no reason, and that is basically what is happening, it cost me $700 for my insurance over the summer. That’s $700 to have my car insured for 3 months just so I can drive to work legally. We can’t carpool, seeing as we can’t have more than one passenger. I just recently renewed my insurance for 8 months just for Pleasure and it cost me $1400, I am not allowed to drive to school or work with pleasure insurance and that’s with my 10% discount for having driven safely for the past 2 years.
Insurance discounts should start at the top automatically and if you’re in an accident then drop them to zero and make the person clime back up. People should not be penalised for things that have not happened to them, and why do you have to go back to take a test to get rid of your N after you’ve been driving for 3 years. I could see having to take the driving test again to get rid of your N if you had gotten into an accident, but why must we go back and pay to take a test to see if we can drive if we’ve been driving for 3 years already with a clean slate. Why not just upgrade our licenses to Class 5 after the two years are up? Because they want the money.
Kids who drive stupidly aren’t going to be discouraged by having to display an N on the backs of their cars. It isn’t going to change anything, except for how long it takes everyone to get their licenses. Having your Class 5 license opens you up to a lot of other jobs that without it you can not apply to. The government is taking these things away from everyone, by trying to penalise people who don’t care if they are penalised. I don’t see the point.