New Proposal: People Should Be Allowed to Drive at 17 Without a License

The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Interior have come up with a new idea that sounds a little off but might actually work. Both Ministries are suggesting that teenagers should be allowed to drive at the age of 17 without owning a drivers' license. The idea is for future drivers to gain more experience behind the wheel before acquiring the "holy" document. 

Damyan Voynovski from the "Automobile administration" agency explained that the idea is to have drivers that are better prepared and more responsible. Naturally, there will be some limits for underage driving. For instance, driving will be only allowed at certain times of the day, always in the company of an experienced driver and never with additional passengers. "Of course, there will be certain criteria for the accompanying driver as well," Voynovski added. 

However, driving instructors are not impressed with the proposal. They believe that teaching is a profession and that simply putting an experienced driver next to an inexperienced one is not the equivalent of a structured course. Instructors claim that they have heard young people campaigning for similar suggestions by often referencing the system in the United States. At the same time, no driving instructor has been seen supporting such an idea. 



Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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