Young people who have just passed their driving tests could be banned from driving at night.
Young people who have just passed their test could be banned from driving at night
New plans outlined on Thursday, February 8, suggest new drivers will not be able to drive in darkness.
The proposed ‘Graduate Driving License’ would put driving restrictions on new drivers aged between 17 and 24.
The idea has been put forward after it was revealed people in that age bracket are involved in a quarter of all crashes that lead to deaths or serious injuries in the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May hinted at a probationary period for new licence holders would be reviewed in a bid to slash the number of young drivers killed on the roads, the Mirror reports.
These restrictions could last for a two year period, while the new driver gains more experience.
It mirrors similar schemes in Australia, New Zealand and the US where newly-qualified drivers cannot drive after daylight ends or carry passengers under-25 unless supervised.
The new system could also restrict the engine size allowed for new drivers in hopes of stopping ‘boy racers’ on roads.
A second test after passing this probationary period could potentially be added.
The Prime Minister said: "There are too many people who suffer a loss and tragedy at the hands of learner drivers and we will look at that."
Simon McCulloch at comparethemarket.com added it could also lead to a reduction in car insurance costs - particularity for young drivers who are spending 10 per cent of their salary on just motor cover.
“The idea behind these new plans is clear, and these measures should result in safer roads for all. While it may initially feel like a harsh restriction for new drivers, it’s worth considering that these limitations on their licenses should reduce their insurance risk profiles, which could ultimately see the cost of their insurance reduce significantly," Simon said.
“Young drivers already face much higher costs just to get on the road, with our research indicating that 17-24 year old’s pay, on average, a staggering £2,379 a year to run a car.
"The largest contributor to that figure is insurance, which costs on average £1,354. Reducing the risk, and therefore the premiums, could go a long way to making driving more affordable for many young people,” he added.
Published February 12, 2018