New Laws Could Restrict Freedoms Of New Drivers

Thu 8th Feb 2018

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has hinted at stricter restrictions on new drivers, which could see them placed under curfews, limited on passengers and under extra limits for drink driving.

Answering a question in front of MPs at the House of Commons, the PM said that she will ask the Department of Transport to investigate the prospect of ‘graduated licences, in the hope that it can reduce the number of accidents involving newly qualified motorists.

The UK would not be the first country to place restrictions on new drivers, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US, have laws which ban drivers under the age of 25 from driving at night, and also driving at lower speeds. But further restrictions in this country could see drivers restricted on engine size and power output of the cars they are permitted to drive.

The government’s own statistics, point to a worrying trend for new drivers with a quarter of recently qualified motorists involved in an accident in the first two years of being allowed to drive.

Under current laws, the only restrictions for inexperienced drivers would see them receive additional points on their licence if they flout the law within the first 24 months of passing the test.

The measures have been welcomed by road safety campaigners, with the RAC’s road safety spokesman Pete Williams telling that they had already pushed for restrictions.

'The RAC has been calling for a reform of driving education for young people and the introduction of graduated driving licences with a minimum supervised learning period and restrictions on the number of passengers permitted in the car so this is a very positive step towards preventing the loss of young lives on our roads,' he said.