Driving sometimes is condition of employment

Dear editor,

Just go a little easy on "you're not allowed a driving licence until your 20th birthday."

Dear editor,

Just go a little easy on “you’re not allowed a driving licence until your 20th birthday.”

When I came to Canada some years ago, I was rather surprised to see the driving age in Ontario was 16! It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is a very large country with a small population.

In cottage country, most youths left school at 16 and looked for work. Where we lived was one paved highway running north to south. The rest were gravel.

The nearest place with any amount of work on offer was 30 miles away. With one bus each way per day, if you didn’t drive, you didn’t work!

These kids’ parents had to buy them generally an old eight-cylinder banger (all a lot of them could afford) that used to take at least an hour’s wage to get to work!

Let us have a lot more home discipline and let our youths grow up. We do not all live where there is public transport.

Robert Lamb,

Comox Valley