@golf07 - Your experience reminds me of a story my dad has told me more than once. He is now 83 years old, but was driving a regular school bus when he was just 16.
I don't know if they had chauffeur license requirements that long ago, but he was legally able to do this many years ago.
I always tried to teach my kids how just getting a drivers license was a right and should be treated that way. I can't imagine that any of them were good enough drivers to handle the responsibility of a chauffeur license at a young age.
I think it is a good thing there are laws and age requirements in many states in order to receive this special license.