Young motorists could be banned from driving at night, under new plans outlined today. A ‘Graduated Driving Licence’ has been proposed to restrict 17-24 year olds after they pass their test in the UK. It comes after figures showed motorists aged between 17 and 24 are involved in a quarter of all crashes on UK roads that lead to deaths or serious injuries.
Prime Minister Theresa May hinted that a probationary period for new licence holders would be reviewed in a bid to slash the number of young drivers killed on the roads. These restrictions could last for a two-year period, while the new driver gains more experience.
Similar schemes have already been put in place in a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand and the US where newly-qualified drivers cannot drive after daylight 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 even 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% 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. However, this would be an incredibly unpopular policy amongst young people and push them even further away from voting for her.