Could New Drivers Soon Face Restrictions?
New drivers could face night time driving ban and lower speed limits under new plans considered by the government.
Teresa May will ask the Department of Transport to investigate the proposal of a graduated licence scheme. This is to help reduce the number of accidents involving newly qualified drivers.
Under the proposals, young drivers could soon be facing new restrictions after passing their test.
Reducing the number of accidents
The issue was raised by MP Jenny Chapman, who stated that one in four young drivers are involved in an accident within the first two years of starting to drive and 400 deaths or serious injuries on roads involved young drivers each year.
In response the Prime Minister said she would consider the introduction of a graduated licence scheme in the UK.
I will certainly look at the request that she has made and I will also ask the Department for Transport to look at this as an issue. As she says, too many people suffer loss and tragedy at the hands of learner drivers in this circumstance and we will certainly look at that.
At the moment, new drivers face very few restrictions. The only unique treatment they receive is stricter penalties when it comes to motoring convictions. New drivers can lose their licence if they accumulate 6 points within 2 year of passing their test. More experienced drivers can gain up to 12 points before they lose their licence.
What is a graduated driving licence?
Graduated driver licensing (GDL) is a system that allows new drivers to build up their driving skills and experience gradually, in well-defined, structured stage.
Many UK drivers may not have heard of GDL; however the system is already in place in other countries across the world. The UK could look to replicate the restrictions other countries already have in place for new drivers. Restrictions could include:
- Zero drink driver tolerance
- P plates mandatory for a set period of time
- Night time motoring between midnight and 5 am prohibited
- Maximum speed limits as low as 45 mph
- No use of mobile phones, including hand held devices
- Restrictions on number of passengers carried
A GDL addresses common risks for young drivers including inexperience, night time driving, passengers, and drink driving. Implementing a graduated licence in the UK could help reduce accidents, claims, serious injuries and fatalities amongst young drivers. It would also bring our licencing system in line with those of countries such Australia, New Zealand and the US.