Gotta love the misinformation side of it though:
TFA wrote:A study by the NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics found that the number of 20 to 24-year-olds in the state with a full driver's licence fell from 79 per cent two decades ago to just 51 per cent in 2009.
Two decades ago, we had L-plates for as long as necessary after age 16 before taking the test on or soon after our 17th birthday, P-plates for 1 year, then full license after that. We could quite feasibly have a full license on our 18th birthday.
Now, they have L-plates for 1 year minimum
from age 16, red P-plates for 1 year, green P-plates for 2 years. Impossible to have a full license until after 20th birthday.
Even without demographic and cultural changes as they are suggesting... if 11% of people still
didn't have a full license at 20-24 years old under the old system, is it any surprise that 49% of them don't under the new system?
If anything, it would make more sense to compare 20-24 year olds then
with 22-26 year olds now
, given that the whole process has been inescapably extended by at least 2 years.