And also be restricted on how many young passengers they can carry under new Government plans
Young drivers could be banned from driving on UK roads at night under new Government plans to reduce road deaths.
A ‘graduated licence’ is being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT) that would put restrictions on novice drivers.
If it was introduced, young drivers would have to follow an overnight curfew or be made to drive with supervision in the hours of darkness.
Also, the Government is considering restricting how many young passengers a driver can carry, putting a limit on the size of the car engine and introducing a minimum ‘learning period’ that drivers have to observe before taking their test.
These restrictions would possibly last from between six months and 2 years.
Both the AA and RAC Foundation have reportedly backed the idea of a ‘graduated licence’ system.
All new drivers, not matter what their age, might be affected by the new plan, however in some countries that have already adopted such rules including New Zealand and Sweden and some areas in Canada and the US, the restrictions are in place for drivers aged 25 or under.
There’s concern about the number of young drivers who are involved in a disproportionately high number of road accidents in the UK.
According to research, roughly around 7% of licence holders are drivers aged between 17 and 24, yet they’re involved in around a quarter of accidents that lead to death or serious injury.
Young male drivers are a particularly high-risk group and are four times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than women.
Up to now, the ‘graduated licence’ system has been rejected in the UK over concern that it would hamper young people’s job or education prospects.
New motorists already have a number of restrictions placed on them. In the first two years after a new driver passes their test, just six points instead of 12 could lead to a ban.
“We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer,” said Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis, adding: “Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.”
Mr Ellis also said: “We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.”
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