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UK Government weighs up revamp of laws for young drivers

Just Passed PThe UK government is believed to be looking at a revamp of rules for young drivers who have just passed their driving tests. Responding to questions, prime-minister Theresa May, appeared to confirm proposals to impose limits on newly qualified drivers in the 17 to 24 year old age bracket were being looked at again.

A major part of the proposal is the prohibition of driving at night for the first two years after passing the test. A zero blood-alcohol limit could be introduced for the same duration while a limitation on the engine capacity of the vehicles they are licensed to drive would put a brake on the maximum speeds of boy racers.

Although no definite plans have been announced, media outlets in the UK claim new young drivers could be disqualified from carrying passengers under 25 years old unless there is one over-25 with a full driving licence in the vehicle. The Sun alleges a second driving test after the trial two-years could be added too.

The proposals for graduated driving licenses, including a ban on night driving, have been bandied about before but have never got further than the draughting table. The main sticking point to the night driving ban was that it would be a liability to young drivers who worked shifts or needed to drive as part of their jobs.

The road safety charity Brake says drivers between 17 and 24 years old are far more likely to be involved in accidents and more likely to die in motoring accidents than any other age group. Darlington MP Jenny Chapman reintroduced the proposal of introducing the safety measures.

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