Newly qualified drivers could be banned from driving at night
The proposed change is a response to high accident rates.
The Department of Transportation (DfT) is reportedly considering banning new drivers from taking to the roads at night.
It would form part of a graduated licence system which would impose a number of restrictions on those who’ve recently passed their test.
Others would include not being able to drive with passengers under a certain age in the vehicle and a minimum learning period.
Recent figures suggest that one in five drivers are involved in a crash within a year of first passing their test.
The DfT didn’t state how long new drivers would have to be a part of the scheme, which already successfully operates in a number of different locations around the world including the US, Canada, Australia and Sweden.
Under current rules, new drivers can have their license revoked and be required to retake their test if they accumulate six penalty points within the first two years.
Nick Lloyd, acting head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, welcomed the idea.
We “believe it will allow young drivers to gain valuable experience, whilst reducing the risks associated with night time driving and the carrying of multiple passengers,” he stated.
Source: The Independent