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VETERAN youth worker, Les Twentyman, has called for special driver’s licences for 15-year-olds to help them get jobs.

Les believes employment was the key to teens avoiding crime and said special “work” licences should be available to youngsters to ensure they can take up job offers.

“Let’s also be creative with this and provide special driver’s licences for kids under 16 to 18 to get to and from work,’’ he told Herald Sun.

“So if a job is a new ­residential estate, or a remote industrial park, they will not be excluded from a job ­opportunity.’’

“It is time for a change in how we tackle the issue of youth crime and let’s give the kids every support we can to give them a chance at a career.’’

I can understand them getting a learners licence at 15, but surely for this to work he would be talking about a P plater?  I am certainly not convinced a 15 year old is mature enough to be driving alone?  Some, sure. But this would be fairly broad I would think?

Do you support his proposal?

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  • Kids in other states can go for their licence at 15.9 years [NSW], but Victoria is definitely the odd one out in this regard.

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  • No I do not support this one.

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  • How many 15 year olds actually apply for and get jobs. A lot don’t think about the responsibility at 16 or 17 at all. Even then there should be time curfews unless they can prove they are working outside of approved hours. They should be allowed to ride motorised bikes or scooters on the roads either. Some, having the money may lead to crime. Some look older than they actually are. If they have the money they are more likely to get easy access to alcohol.
    The only cars that have dual controls that stop learners from driving stupidly is driving school cars, or at least some used to have them. In private cars there is no guarantee that a learner will behave as they are instructed to.

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  • I certainly don’t support this proposal. They can get a moped at 16 so I think that is the way to go but definitely not a drivers licence.

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  • Interesting but I personally don’t want my kids to drive when they are 15

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  • There are different ways to transport yourself then by car. Personally I think 15 yes is too young to drive responsible.

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  • Crazy idea, do they want more teenagers killed. Cars are dangerous. They had to find ways to get to school so why not find ways to get to work, same thing.

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  • Personally not! 15? My daughter is 15 and I wouldn’t feel comfortable at all.

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  • I think a lot of Les Twentyman and what’s done for the youth of Melbourne but I don’t support this at all. Are we talking just special cases, or all 16 year olds. I have a 16 year old and I wish the driving age was increased past 18, not made lower. There are other means of transport that we had to learn to use to get to work pre-18. I caught the old blue rattler from Melton in to the city and was late home every day due to packed and delayed trams and trains. But, I had to put up with it.

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  • Oh helllllllll no. 15 years old should get a few hours work each week. But they should get there the old fashioned way. Bike/walk/public transport/muuuuuum, can you drive me…
    We do not need 15 year olds driving. The roads are more than dangerous enough full of adult who can’t drive properly.


    • I’m with you on this one. I was 15 and working and managed to walk and/or cycle to my job. It’s dangerous enough out there as it is.

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  • I think 16.5 is young enough to be driving alone. Any earlier is too young.

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  • I had my motorbike license at 15, car P license at 16. While I was responsible and sensible, not everyone that age is and think its a bad idea.

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  • Mr Twentyman as put forward a number of ideas over the years which I disagree with – this s one.

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