CAA opposes changes to NB graduated licence regulations
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
For whatever reason, the current provincial government in New Brunswick has decided to backtrack a bit on its current efforts on keeping newer drivers safer behind the wheel. Like many provinces, NB uses a graduated licencing system that limits where and when those new drivers can get behind the wheel. One rule that both level 1 and level 2 licence holders are required to follow is that they aren't allowed to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. because night driving can be challenging for even very experienced drivers.
Apparently, that very rule is the one the current government wants to repeal saying it's proving to be a hardship amongst New Brunswickers and there was no evidence of improved safety.
Both the ex-Premier Shawn Graham and the CAA are up in arms over the plan, saying that the current rules already provides exceptions to novice drivers who are required to drive during those hours if required for school or work.
Steve McCall, president of CAA Atlantic agreed, saying, “The current legislation already includes a provision for exemption as a result of a requirement to drive to school or work. Not only is a change unnecessary, it would be a giant step backward in safe driving and would put these already vulnerable young drivers and other motorists at significant risk."
We're still figuring out who is nagging the current government to get this law changed because so far no one has stepped forward as a glaring example of hardship.
What do you think? What if your province decided to start repealing laws like this without public consultation?