That’s what the NRMA and the New South Wales Opposition would like to see happen
by Stuart Livesey
If a proposal put to the New South Wales’ Young Driver Advisory Panel by the NRMA and supported by the NSW Opposition is adopted P-plate drivers in New South Wales would lose their licence if they lost just one demerit point in the first year.
While there are plenty of things that could be done to improve the chances of young drivers surviving on our roads this proposal is definitely not one of them. Why should P-plate drivers be subjected to such a draconian condition?
You can lose one point for very minor infringements that are far from life-threatening.
By all means take away their licences if they’re caught speeding, take away their licences if they’re caught drinking and driving, take away their licences if they’re caught fooling around on the roads and driving in ‘a manner dangerous’ but take away their licence because they did something that earned them a single demerit point?
That’s just trivialising the situation and alienating the very people we should be working hard to keep on-side.