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New drivers 'should have graduated licences'

Young drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of road accidents Credit: Press Association

More people are in support of introducing graduated licensing for newly-qualified drivers than are opposed, a new poll has found.

A total of 41 per cent said they backed introducing graduated curbs on newly qualified drivers, with 32 per cent saying they did not agree with the proposals, an RAC foundation survey found.

Figures have shown that drivers aged between 17 and 19 are involved in almost one in eight accidents that result in injury or death.

The RAC has previously sponsored research suggesting that some 4,500 fewer people would be injured each year if graduated licensing were introduced in Britain.

This includes about 430 people who would otherwise have been killed or seriously injured

Two thirds support curbs on new drivers

A big majority of people support placing driving restrictions on people aged 24 or under who have passed their test within the last year, according to a new poll.

Some 61 per cent supported a ban on them driving between midnight and 5am, while 66 per cent said they should be subject to limits over how many passengers they could carry, a poll of 2,101 adults carried out for the RAC Foundation found.


Cost of theory tests to drop by 25% in October

The cost of a theory test is being reduced by 25% in October, taking the cost down from £31 to £25, and with a further drop of £2 lined up for October next year.

The cost of a theory test is being slashed by 25% in October. Credit: PA

Theory test fees for motorbikes and other vehicles are also set to be cut, a spokesman said.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond said: "We want to keep costs down for all motorists - that's why we have frozen fuel duty - and by reducing the cost of the theory test we will save aspiring motorists around £9 million annually.

"This has been achieved without compromising on the vital role the theory test plays in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road.

"I am delighted that theory tests will now offer better value for money while continuing to meet these rigorous standards."

Banned drivers 'face serious consequences'

Banned drivers who continue to get behind the wheel and end up injuring someone "face serious consequences", the Justice Secretary has said.

Chris Grayling announced plans for tougher sentencing for disqualified drivers who kill behind the wheel and said:

I want to make our roads safer and ensure people who cause harm face tough penalties.

Disqualified drivers should not be on our roads for good reason. Those who chose to defy a ban imposed by a court and go on to destroy innocent lives must face serious consequences for the terrible impact of their actions.

Today, we are sending a clear message that anyone who does will face much tougher punishment.

– Chris Grayling

Tougher sentences for disqualified drivers who kill

Longer jail sentences will be handed down to disqualified drivers who get behind the wheel while banned and kill someone, the Government has announced.

Drivers who flout bans will face more time behind bars, the Justice Secretary has announced. Credit: PA

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants offenders who defy bans to face up to 10 years behind bars if they cause death and four years for serious injuries, under reforms introduced next year.

Mr Grayling defended the plans by saying they would send a clear message to drivers who flout bans and "go on to destroy innocent lives".

The current maximum sentence faced by a driver who causes death while driving when disqualified is two years in jail and there is no specific offence of causing serious injury while banned


Victim's family: 'We were very insulted by the sentence'

The parents of a 14-year-old who was killed by a driver on drugs as she crossed the road said they were "very insulted" by the eight weeks he served in prison.

Natasha and Gary Groves lost their daughter Lillian when she was struck by a car travelling at 40mph.

The uninsured motorist was initially given four months and banned from driving for two years after he was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

'Over 3/4' want tougher sentences for drivers who kill

  • 82% thought sentences should be higher for drivers who kill.
  • 81% reckoned if you kill or seriously injure someone when taking any kind of illegal risk at the wheel, you should be considered "dangerous" not "careless" in the eyes of the law.
  • 85% said drivers who kill while they were drink or drug-driving (85%) should get five years or more in prison.
  • Some 66% supported such sentences for those who caused a death through speeding.
  • 64% saying the same about those who kill while on their phone.
  • Almost all (95%) thought penalties should be tougher for killer drivers who flee the scene.
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