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'Us and them' mentality isn't fair when we need licence

WIDGEE Farrier Paul Welling says it is time the state government stopped declaring war on drivers, especially those who depend on their licences to make a living.

He says professional drivers and people like him who need to drive for their businesses are more likely to accumulate demerit points and face massive and disproportionate punishment if their licenses are taken away.

"It could be a form of mediation that allows the courts to show some compassion to a person whose possibly minor offence leads to much more than the loss of a licence.

"A person who depends on driving for a living faces not just the inconvenience the law intends, but the potential loss of a business, home and even family if the stresses become too great," he says.

"In a business like mine, you don't just lose work temporarily.

"Once someone finds another person to do their work, they stay with them and you lose your customer base forever," he said.

"We need society to stop making war on people. Paranoid drivers are not safer drivers.

"It has become very 'us and them,' especially for people who face extreme consequences," he said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  drivers, licence, police, widgee




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