Would you let someone with no license drive your vehicle?

@spalladino (17922)
United States
July 8, 2008 6:35pm CST
Following the death of an American serviceman in a hit and run accident caused by a drunk driver who had lost her license and was driving a borrowed truck, a new law is on the books making it a criminal offense to let an unlicensed person drive your vehicle. The owner of the vehicle can be charged and a conviction could include jail time depending on the circumstances. Do you agree with this new law and would you loan your vehicle to someone who doesn't have a driver's license?
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@srpkinja (375)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
i would never let anyone without my licence drive my car. its a huge risk. my brother recently got his beginners licence and in a year he can get his drivers licence and drive by himself. whenever we go outside together and i drive he will ask me if he can drive. here in ontario you are not allowed to let a person with beginners licence drive unless you have 4 years experience and a full licence, which i dont have. i tell him that i cant drive and he gets mad at me. i agree with that law because people with no licence arent as experienced and dont know everything about driving. they have no licence for a reason.
• South Africa
9 Jul 08
When I finally get a car, I won't let anyone without a licence drive it. That's common sense really. But what happens if the person without a license steals the car? Is the owner of the car still charged with something because that would make no sense. When it comes down to it, the person who is breaking the law is the person without a license so why is the person who owns the car charged?
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@myklj999 (34011)
• Olney, Illinois
9 Jul 08
I'm pretty sure that if the driver exerts unauthorized control over the vehicle that the owner is not liable for any damages.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
8 Jul 08
I am very fussy who I let drive my car anyway, only one other person drives my car, so there would be no way I would let anyone without a license drive my car and very few who does have one...
@Barbietre (1439)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I agree. My husband and I are the ones that drive my minivan. There are only a few other people I would trust it with, and never someone without a license.
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
Ive let my friend who only had her g1 drive it. I was with her and we were on all the back country roads. It was also later at night so the road was absolutely deserted. Might have no been the smartest idea, but she was a really good driver.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
No, I definitely wouldn't let someone with no driver's license drive my car. I care too much about the consequences that could happen. It would just be negligent on my part to do that. The only time I would do that is if I am teaching my son or daughter how to drive, and I would always be in the car. I think a lot of individuals today just do things without thinking. It is sad, but true.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
9 Jul 08
No I would not knowingly allow any one with out a drivers license to driver my car. For one thing that would cancel out the car insurance. Any one that I would allow to drive my car would not drink ether. I wouldn't let some one that I didn't throughly trust to have it ether. Yes I think it is a good law. some times people just don't stop to think about what kind of person they are letting have their automobile.
@amrishkj (297)
• India
9 Jul 08
I would never allow somebody without a drivers license drive as it can lead to accidents which may put me in trouble.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
9 Jul 08
No I would NOT loan my vehicle to anyone that did not have a drivers license or if their licenses was out of date. Well actually I don't loan my vehicle to people that do either. Doesn't sit to well at times but am like hey. It's not paid for yet and I'll be damned if someone takes it out and gets in an accident in it. My thing is if you know the person does not have a license and you allow them to get in your cehicle knowing this well if you are that dumb (not meaning you) then ya the person should have to deal with whatever happens. Now if that person is in an accident and if charged with murder I don't think you should be charged the same even though you gave them the vehicle you didn't force them to drive you were just stupid and not using you brain that you were born with. I think when I was living in california if someone was driving with a suspended or not license and was pulled over the car was impounded and the driver and the owner were fined.
9 Jul 08
I would say that would be iresponsible of the owner of the car. If the person that borrows the car hits something, then they should both be charged. I would never let anyone drive my car whether they had a license or not. I think it depends on the state you live in as to whether or not it is already a law that makes this a criminal offense. They should go after the owner of the car.
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@sylvia13 (1850)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
9 Jul 08
No, I wouldn't let anybody drive my vehicle, whether he/she had a licence or not!
• Nepal
9 Jul 08
Never its because of the rules and humanity . first of all i try to convince him/her about the risks and the rules. licence means permisssion to drive and its quality of driving so I don't let to drive with driving licence.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
9 Jul 08
Absolutely not! I'm worried enough about my son driving our car, because it's not insured for drivers under 25 years. There's no way I'd ever lend our car to an unlicensed person.
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@Monkeyrose (2849)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I agree with this law.. I mean unless the person lies about having a license. My first response was no way I'd never let anyone without a license drive my car... but I had to think about my past. Once I let my friend without a license drive my car in the parking lot just to learn... cause we were bored... There were no people or other cars. I used to let my friend with his learners drive my car when we were driving together sometimes. I don't think technically he was allowed to do this.
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@Hatley (164232)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jul 08
thats a really great law and am glad it was passed, yes I do agree with it, and no I would never loan my car to anyone who does not have a driver's license. One would have to be a fool to do such an idiotic thing, and I am no fool.
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@qhwater (393)
• China
9 Jul 08
well, spalladino, i will definitly not let him drive if he have no license. i agree with the new law if it comes one day. it is dangerous for everyone if allowing someone drive but without a driver license. i do not want to take the resposibility to it. so, i will not lend or loan.
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@SwtJenlove (1090)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I know you probably got a response similar to this one but... The only way i would loan my vehicle to someone who doesnt have a drivers license is if i know them very very well, trust them and know its an emergency for the reason that they need to borrow it AND there was a reason why i couldnt take them where they needed to go.
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@zhaosonghan (1039)
• China
9 Jul 08
If i let someone who have no license drive my vehicle,i guess i must be mad.We all know it's illegal and it's very dangerous!You will be arrested by traffic policeman,you get a severis punish form the police,the punish is doesn't matter,the important is that your let the people who no license drive car,it's very dangours for them,they have no expericence of training.If you are a responsiblity man,you don't do it.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I think it would be a great law. I just don't think that it will really be enforced. The city that I live in has tons of laws that aren't enforced. I was speeding, I guess I normally go a few miles over the speed limit, but yesterday I was really speeding (about 20 miles over) and I passed a cop and assumed that I should probably pull over but they didn't turn on their lights or follow me or really anything. So if they won't enforce that much over I'm sure they could care less about the owner of the car.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Jul 08
its fair enough!! owner of the vehicle should be responsible enough not to lend his vehicle to the other who had not..in this way maybe ..accidents may be prevented or whatever..
@myklj999 (34011)
• Olney, Illinois
8 Jul 08
I'm pretty sure that where I live the owner of a vehicle can already be charged for letting an unlicensed driver use it. I know for a fact that the person's insurance will not cover any damages caused by an unlicensed driver.
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