Tougher Road Safety Measures
Novice drivers could soon be banned from driving at night in mainland UK. Department for Transport (DfT) has introduced an idea of a graduated licencing system which allows restriction of new drivers in England, Wales and Scotland. The move came about as the latest figures informed that one in five drivers are involved in a collision within the first year of passing their test.
Other measures suggested by the DfT include increased minimum learning period and not driving with passengers under a certain age.
Warnings from the AA
AA had warned the government about the excessive road safety measure. They are saying it could develop into “unnecessary burden” for motorists.
No clarity just yet
It is not yet announced how long the measures would be in place for after the driver getting the licence. Michael Ellis, minister for road safety, said that getting a driving licence could be both “exciting” and “daunting” for new drivers. The graduated licencing approach could “help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads”, added Mr Ellis.
The Department for Transport is still examining the options regarding the new recommendations. Further details will be available in 2020 after the research is carried out.