Driving is a skill not a privilege or a right.
Having a licence allows one to exercise that skill on public roads ( you do not have to have a licence to drive on private property. ).
I'm a licenced pilot but my licence is not current.
It does not mean I do not have the skill to fly a plane in an emergency and to do so safely.
One can get rusty and so take extra care but the skill does not disappear.
If I'm in a plane where my skills are needed of course I would fly the plane.
I'm QUITE sure Robert makes similar judgement calls as we all do in speeding, rolling through stop signs and driving without our licence in the car.
We get caught, he gets caught - there are proscribed penalties which again I'm quite sure he would honour.
I've driven 60 miles at over 160 k in an emergency and would have loved to attract a cop....none to be had and lucky we did drive at that speed as it turned out.
When confronted by an emergency one exercises best judgement...not is this legal or not - that's waaaaaaaaaay down the list.
Would you not break a window to get into a burning house....that's break and enter.
At least in flying we could subtly "discourage" those would be pilots we knew were a danger to themselves and others so they never got their licence.
I would concur that having a licence is unfortunately no indicator of skill...tho for a new driver these days it does mean a certain amount of persistence, training, discretion and testing has occurred.
A drivers licence is a choice...congrats Robert for lowering your carbon footprint.
....even better good judgement.