We have all been told that driving [and by extension: riding] is a privilege, not a right. Some of us have been told this several times. Some of us have been told this by police officers... It is generally accepted as true, because we are taught to work for things and be grateful for them - as good little Aussie battlers. However, I find I agree less and less with this sentiment. Of course, a driver's licence is not a basic right - and can be taken away based on one's behaviour. So from a standing legal viewpoint: driving is indeed a privilege facilitated by the state, and this is supported by law. HOWEVER Law is meant to reflect community standards, and this is where my argument lies: I believe [particularly in Sydney and Melbourne] that a significant number of people have a sense of entitlement or feel they have a 'right' to drive. I know I do. In the good old days, a car was a luxury - afforded by the rich or the privileged. Everyone else could catch the bus or the train. Nowadays, it is my personal view that for many people to maintain employment: they MUST operate a personal motor vehicle in order to attend work on-time and maintain a reasonable quality of life not intruded upon by excessive travel-time outside of work hours. This is due to a number of factors: - Australia is a large and spread out country, meaning extra distance is travelled, and extra time required for it. - In some cities, the public transport system can not reliably perform with the current level of users; let alone increased numbers were people to use it in place of personal transport. - The hot weather in some seasons, makes travel without air-conditioning less than comfortable and indeed can cause health problems for some people [heatstroke etc]. But now why do I feel like I have a right to use a vehicle to overcome the above problems? Why do I place my own opinion above the government's law? I feel obligated to maintain a personal vehicle by the governments own inability to provide a suitable alternative, and do so at great financial benefit to them. Last financial year, I spent well over 20% of my gross annual income on fuel, rego, insurance, repayments and servicing on my vehicles. In GST alone the government has received over $2k from me personally... and I'm not even bothering to consider fuel excise or income tax on whoever I've paid that money to. So when I feel forced to engage in an activity that costs me a stack of cash, you're damn right I'll crack the shits when someone tells me they've done me favour while stuffing an envelope in their back pocket. I am not at all surprised people drive while on suspended licences, or without licences at all. I personally feel I have an entitlement to drive, considering the alternatives and cash I've outlayed. What do you think? [ignoring the exact letter of the law for a moment, and considering that the law is supposed to reflect community standards].