Comment 78337

By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted June 11, 2012 at 22:08:14 in reply to Comment 78332

"I have to go through 3 licensing levels, each of which require various amounts of money and waiting periods."

Taking a look on the MTO site, it's $125 for the G1-G2 test ($10 for the G1 knowledge test, $40 for the road test, at $75 for the license. That's not a heck of a lot.

"After I do all that, I need the several thousand dollars to actually purchase a car, since I don't have a rich mommy and daddy to do it for me. This is also not taking into account the insanely high price of fuel which has become standard in the last 5-7 years. Insurance and maintenance is also to be considered."

Why do you need to buy a car after getting your license? That's not required. Further to that, there's plenty of decent cars available for under $1000.

"I live in the middle of a region with millions of people located within 100 miles in any direction. Every municipality within it has at least a somewhat reasonable transit system that can get me to virtually any required destination of mine. The few things that I can think of that I would need a vehicle for (grocery shopping, long distance travel) really don't make it worth going through all of that difficulty. I'd imagine young people who do not drive do so for the same reasons as me."

Try getting from downtown Hamilton to the east side of Mississauga. Easily 1.5-2 hours. That's not convenient. Getting to downtown Toronto is much easier but sadly not all of us work downtown.

"In the end it's just so much simpler and relaxing to get on the HSR, TTC, GO, stick my ipod into my ears and relax." Interesting you'd put having an iPod (of which you could pay for your license several times over) over a driver's license. Well, to each his own.

I don't understand why you wouldn't get a driver's license, even if you don't drive. Things are so much more convenient with one - and what if you needed one for work?

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