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Driving age rise considered

Teenagers face having to wait an extra year before being allowed to take a driving test under proposals being looked at by the Government.

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New research will inform plans for young drivers

A Department for Transport spokesman said it was hoped that new proposals would provoke debate about the safety of young drivers.

Young drivers drive around 5 per cent of all the miles driven in Britain, but are involved in about 20 per cent of the crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured.

We are committed to improving safety for young drivers and reducing their insurance costs - that is why we are publishing a Green Paper later in the year setting out our proposals. This will include a discussion about how people learn to drive.

The research report has been produced by the Transport Research Laboratory under commission by the Department for Transport and it, amongst other things, has informed the Green Paper.

– DfT spokesman

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