lars wrote: If I were to propose, for example, that one lane of the M1 between, say, London and Peterborough were to be reserved exclusively for members of the Amateur Car-Builders Society to test their contraptions, I doubt that I would get much traction. But, in effect, that is what we are asking for in AR. We're asking for a chunk of a shared resource -- and a world-wide shared resource at that -- to be allocated exclusively to esoteric and non-practical purposes. That's going to be increasingly difficult to justify unless AR is either (a) socially or economically useful, or (b) has a broad membership.
OK, lets use that M1 example. What these people who want to dum down the hobby are asking for, is not that a car club is allowed exclusive use of a road or a lane of that road. But that the driving licence requirement is dropped altogether for those incapable capable of passing the required test.
Under your logic lets drop the requirements for the HGV or PSV driving licence down to that of a moped.
Do you fancy sharing the road with a heavy haulage vehicle were the driver cannot pass a medical or the basic driving test, just because some fool dummed the requirement down? Or how about allowing someone to drive a double decker bus on a provisional licence & a one day course like you can with a moped?
Do you remember the Glasgow dustcart accident of 2014? An HGV / PSV driver has to take regular medicals & neds to pass a stiffer test than most others, plus abide by stiffer rules, For example loose your driving licence & you get your licence back after the specified period with car, motorbike, moped etc. But not always with a HGV or a PSV. The Traffic Commissioners have a say on if that happens or not.
Radio amateurs are allowed a lot of privileges, it is not just black box operation, it is not restricted in the many ways that others are. That is because radio amateurs are trained & should understand what they are doing.
The use of wideband transceivers, even handheld transceivers, needs a level of understanding, to do so safely. Just look at some of the posts that have been made on this forum in the past by one or two individuals who have brought cheap transceivers off ebay with no knowledge, then you will see the reason why training is needed, even for small handheld radios.
Others can have their legal use of radio removed, if radio amateurs lack the knowledge to operate to a basic minimum standard.
If people want licence free radio then there is CB & 446.
In the same way you cannot drive a PSV or HGV or fly a small aircraft on a basic one day course, but you can ride a moped. Amateur radio licensing rules & requirements are different to CB for a reason & need to remain stiffer & different.