DfT rules out restrictions on learner drivers
According to RAC Motoring News, the DfT has decided against placing restrictions on young drivers, opting instead for improvements to the way people learn to drive and the driving test.
Proposals put forward to address the young driver issue have included placing a curfew on when they can be on the road and restricting the number of passengers they can carry. There have also been calls for a graduated licensing scheme.
However Paul O'Sullivan, head of road safety at the DfT, said these initiatives would be counter-productive for young drivers who work or study at night and need to drive to do so.
He said: "If you ban carrying passengers among young groups you will get more young drivers on the road. It doesn't sit with the designated driver schemes or with car sharing, and police enforcement would be difficult.
"The Government is not keen to take liberties away unless there is a very strong case for doing so."
Mr O'Sullivan said that instead the DfT will improve driving tuition and the driving test and revamp the Pass Plus scheme.
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