A few years back, I went to the DMV to transfer into my name the title of a recent poor choice I had made. While I was standing in the sea of humanity that was the line for such matters I happened to glance over at the area for license test taking to my left. This was a pair of long, standing-height counters, with each side separated by a vertical divider. I also noticed in that area, an older Asian man – I’d say he looked to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 years old – who had received his scroll-like written driver’s test from the DMV employee behind the counter, and had in turn handed it to a younger Asian man who proceeded to take the test in his stead.
My eyes grew wide at this blatant attempt at fraud, as well as the thought that this Methuselah could soon be on the road, completely unchecked by California’s crack team of automotive rule and traffic code test givers. When it was my turn in line, I reported the flagrant violation of the DMV code of ethics to the woman behind what appeared to be bullet proof glass at the title transfer window. She relayed my concern to another and then proceeded to argue with me that a 1969 MGB-GT did too need to pass a smog inspection before the title could be ceremoniously transferred to my name. This is why I now do all my DMV transactions through the Auto Club.
Here in California at least, it seems that the steps required to become legally capable of piloting a two-ton mechanism of death and destruction – while tweeting that your last fart was totes LOL – is way too easy. I don’t know if that’s the same in other states in the U.S., but I do know that in other countries the task is a lot harder. The question is, wherever you are, is it hard enough? Do you think that it’s presently too easy for someone to get a driver’s license?
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