Government looks at steps to improve new driver safety

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The government will explore whether to introduce graduated driver licensing in England.
The road safety action plan, to be published later this week, will set out a plan to research schemes to put restrictions on new drivers, such as a minimum learning period, not driving at night, or not driving with passengers under a certain age in the car.
One in five new drivers crashes within their first year on the road, and so any changes would be designed to help reduce this number and improve road safety.
Road safety minister Michael Ellis said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.
“Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.
“We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.”
Graduated licensing schemes already operate in New Zealand; New South Wales and Victoria in Australia; New York and California in the USA; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada and in Sweden.
Previously these schemes have been rejected due to concerns that it would adversely affect the ability of young people to get on in life — potentially restricting education and jobs.
However, conducting further research means the Department for Transport can build an evidence base to fully understand how graduated driver might work.
Currently, new drivers have their licences revoked if they accumulate six points within the first two years — equivalent to points for using a handheld mobile phone while driving or two speeding offences.
Motorcyclists in the UK have a similar scheme to graduated driver licensing as young bikers are restricted to less powerful bikes.
Any changes to licensing will be consulted on before being introduced.

Source: ADI News

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