Is there going to be a night time curfew for new drivers?
The government is considering new proposals that would impose conditions on newly qualified drivers, including a ban on night time driving. They are being designed to try and combat the rising figures of young and newly qualified drivers being involved in accidents. A range of other proposals are also being considered. The startling figures released show that in 2011, around 20% of drivers killed or seriously injured in accidents on the road, were involved in a collision where at least one driver was aged 17-24 years old.
Other proposals in changes to the laws could include:
- A ban on night time driving
- A minimum learning period before tests can be taken
- Allowing learner drivers to practice on motorways
- Night time lessons ad bad weather lessons as part of learning
- A limit on how many passengers newly qualified drivers can take in the car
- Probationary period of 3 years with a limit of 6 points (currently 2 years)
- More rigorous driving tests
- Incentives to complete post test training
Government officials also hope that by improving the standards which newly qualified drivers must keep to, it may also see a reduction in the high insurance premiums which young drivers face.
Our Bedford driving instructors agree that these changes could help have a positive impact on how young drivers behave on the road once they pass their tests. At present, post test training is not compulsory, meaning a number of young drivers find themselves in situations they have never dealt with once they are on their own. Of course, this training is currently available should drivers wish to further their skills once they pass their test.
If you have any questions about the current regulations for drivers or these changes, or for any other questions about Bedford driving lessons, give us a call on 0345 676 9870.
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