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mattheus
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Re: The Green Lanes Blog

Postby mattheus » 13 Aug 2019, 1:28pm

pwa wrote:This focus on "rights" is a bit bogus because we decide what the "rights" are when it comes to things like this. In practice everyone who is eligible has a right to drive a car so long as they stick to the law, in that nobody has the right to stop them. That "right" is taken away if they are found to have been misusing it in some way.


I think that's only part of the truth.

The reason driving is so very different to walking/riding (horse or bike)/running on our highways is that do DRIVE, one first needs to pass some tests to earn a licence. That is quite a delay, and (for most) a non-trivial hurdle. (oh, and there is a minimum age.)
In contrast, any human being may walk on our roads as soon as they are born and/or enter our country by other means. They don't have to prove their right, or carry a piece of paper.

(As you say, the "right" to drive that is given to you with your licence may be taken away at quite short notice if you make various transgressions.)