California Rescinds Law Requiring Drivers To Have License Claiming It Is Discriminatory
The State of California is known for its progressive mindset and laws that reflect the same. These laws tend to side with minorities and those who are disadvantaged. The latest law is probably going to cause some to scratch their heads, but is seen as a great step forward by progressives.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that rescinds the requirement of each driver to have a driver's license. California is the first state to do so. Others are expected to follow. The idea behind the law is explained by Representative Dawn Maxwell (D), "For years the only people who were able to drive were those who could pass the written test, the eye exam, and driving tests. This precluded millions of people from having access to travel freedom based on knowledge, ability, or physical disability. It was highly discriminatory. There were literally people who are sight-challenged that did not have the same right to travel as those with good eyesight. It discriminated against bad drivers. Can you believe this was still in existence in 2018? My aunt can't drive worth a flip. She has no idea how to safely negotiate a parking lot. But now she is free to run the roads with everyone else."
Proponents of the change are elated. Johnny Carr, 9 years old says, "I never thought I would see this day. I've been discriminated against my whole life because of my age. Older privilege is a thing. And most people who are older than me don't realize how limiting it is for me to have to wait for my parents to take me places. But this is only one step. I still can't vote like older people can." Johnny smiles real big and adds, "But this is California... so anything is possible."
California is the first state to repeal its driver's license laws. Others are expected to follow. Some incorrectly assume that the state of Ohio has already eliminated the exam process, but their transportation secretary said this is not so. "People see a car with Ohio plates driving around and assume we will let anyone drive a car without being tested. Not true. We have tests and exams... but they have nothing to do with driving. Our primary concern is not the applicant's ability to drive, but the $28 we receive for the license."