Premier Dalton McGuinty admits he is getting an earful about proposed driver's licence changes – especially from young people – and he has hinted the government could back off on teenage passenger restrictions.
More than 117,000 people have joined Facebook to protest the plan to limit to one the number of young passengers who are not family members that drivers age 19 and younger can take in a car.
"With everything we do, we try to do the best that we can by way of an initiative, whether it's a bill or something else," McGuinty told reporters yesterday.
"But governments never do anything perfectly. We're made up of human beings, but we try to do the best that we can."
McGuinty said he wants to engage young people on the issue.
"Yes, we're listening," he said.
The legislation proposes restricting teenage drivers to one passenger 19 or younger during the first year of a class G2 licence. An exemption would be made for family members.
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said the government wants to hear from the public on the bill but added he doesn't want the Facebook protest to overshadow the substance of the legislation.
"All aspects of the bill we want the public to comment on. People can communicate with us any way they want to," said Bradley. Source...