Police chief pushes for graduated licensing
Newly qualified drivers would be banned from motorways and driving at night under changes being proposed by DCC Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for policing, reports the Mail Online.
The changes are part of a graduated licence scheme, favoured by DCC Davenport, which would also see novice drivers face limits on how many passengers they can carry and compulsory use of the currently optional ‘P’ plate, which indicates that a driver has recently passed their test.
The Mail Online report says that as a result of the measures, young drivers could receive cheaper car insurance and Britain would fall into line with other countries.
DCC Davenport, who took up the ACPO post six weeks ago, said: “At the moment, people learn to drive mainly in calm residential streets when it’s light. They don’t have much experience of driving on busy A-roads or in the dark.
“Yet as soon as they get a licence they can drive on motorways at speed and carry as many passengers as they like. The vast majority are responsible but some – especially young people – take risks and drive too quickly. I am enthusiastic about graduated licences and would like to put some constraints on new drivers.
“The scheme needs further work on exactly how it would operate, but my view to Ministers is that this needs exploring."
But if the graduated licence is to be adopted, DCC Davenport will have to persuade Mike Penning, road safety minister, to change his mind. Mr Penning believes that restricting new drivers would unfairly penalise those who rely on driving to get to work or college.
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