As motorcyclists, we have put up with graduated licences for many years now, and although as a liberty-minded chap I am never in favour of more state control of our lives, I would say that generally they have been a Good Thing. The days when you could turn 17, buy a 100 mph 2-stroke road rocket the same day, pass a ludicrously easy test, and then without any instruction whatever jump onto a bike of any size and power are long gone, and perhaps rightly so. These days, you have to start small and work your way up. It's expensive, and there are a lot of very difficult hoops to jump through before you can throw away the L-plates and ride off into the sunset on your new hyperbike - hoops which may involve the selling and purchase of three or four bikes of increasing size and power before a full licence is granted. If I am honest, today's new riders are far better trained than we oldies ever were, and probably better protected from their own foolishness.
For a youngster to get a car licence is much easier. A theory test which can be learned parrot-fashion, a reasonable test of your basic abilities, and off you go. One day, you have never driven without someone sensible sitting beside you, have never driven on a motorway, and have probably never driven after dark or in bad weather. The next, you can fill your car with six drunken mates and drive up the M6 to a rave, in a car which could legally be anything from a banger to a Bugatti Veyron.
Perhaps a more graduated approach to getting the freedom of the road would be a good thing.
Anyway, let them know what you think. As always, the IAM want as much input as possible, so fill your boots. You don't have to be a member, ect ect.
The poll is here.