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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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The new rules proposed for learner drivers

The government's Transport Research Laboratory has suggested a new system for learner drivers, the proposals include:

  • A 12-month 'learner stage' starting at age 17, during which drivers must drive under supervision for 100 hours in daytime and 20 hours at night
  • Upon completion of the learner stage, drivers will need to pass the current theory and practical driving tests
  • Drivers will then move onto a probationary licence for at least 12 months from the age of 18
  • During probation drivers will be on a driving curfew between 10 pm and 5am, unless accompanied by a passenger aged over 30
  • Drivers on probation are also banned from using mobile phones, even if hands-free.
  • During the probationay period, drivers under 30 are not allowed to carry passengers aged under 30

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