Sadly, none of them seem to be babblers. A generation gap?
The proposed regulations will prohibit teen G2 drivers from carrying more than one passenger aged 19 and under all day during the first year of G2. Also, it will take longer to get the G2 since the G1 length, now 1 year, will increase to 18 months. That is now reducible to 8 months if the driver completes an approved driver education course, but that 8 months will be increased to 12 months under the proposed regulations.
I expect quite a few university students aged 18 or 19 will be affected by this, reducing the extent of car-pooling to get to campus. The Ministry may not have had them in mind. This would be a good wedge to attack the proposed regulations. Then, if they made one mistake, perhaps they made others.
Posters there say things like: "Our parking lots are already congested, adding more cars to the mix won't really help." "Several of my university friends carpool and this would adversely effect them. Most of them do not have a car and this is there only way (besides a taxi) to get to classes on time." "I'm totally for car-pooling, especially when a group of us want to hit the coffee shop down the road. but with this law we can't."
Bill 126 is legal discrimination
This government feels it has the right to discriminate against people when they are young. If young adults can pay taxes, if they can vote and, if they can get married - then they can sit at the grown ups table with government to help figure out solutions, just like all other adults.
We say we want to encourage young people in responsible behaviour - but if a young woman is the designated driver and she goes out with three of her friends, the government tells her she can only drive one of them home. What happened to being responsible and environmentally conscious?
Young people care about drunk driving. The government should talk to young people when looking for solutions instead of treating them like children.
Seems like she's the only one listening.