As we know teenagers can currently take their driving test at the age of seventeen. However, the government is now re-considering new driving test restrictions for teenagers and make the minimum age limit higher. Although the proposals have not been commissioned yet, it is likely that our young ones will not be able to take their driving test until they are eighteen.
Driving test restrictions aim to cut accidents
The government's radical strategy to reform the teenage driving test is basically due to the amount of accidents that occur at seventeen years old. Statistics prove that most fatal accidents occur before the age of 24.
New proposals suggest that there will also be a probationary period. Once the young driver has passed their driving test a twelve month curfew exclusion will apply where they will not be able to drive late at night. These clampdowns will be between 10 pm and 5 am. The only exemption to this rule is when a mature driver over thirty is accompanying the young driver.
Teenage drivers make up for five per cent of our UK motorists, yet they are responsible for approximately twenty per cent of fatal accidents. The government is committed to improving our roads, reduce crashes and keeping insurance premiums down. Young drivers are more at risk than adults; the probability of teenage deaths on our UK roads is four times more than a mature driver.
The Department of Transport intends to issue a full report by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, there will be discussions on how to develop peoples driving skills and how they can improve learning.
The president of motoring Edmund King believes that young drivers should not be restricted. He recons prior to a driving test, there should be more teaching about driving safety. Additionally, he also suggested mandatory motorway lessons, rural driving, bad weather driving, passenger restrictions and more.
Let us know what you think about these proposed clampdowns. How do you think it could affect society, teenage jobs, etc.?