The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has urged the Government to consider the potential impact of new steps to improve young driver safety on young people working agriculture (Farmers’ Guardian).
While NFYFC says it supports the core recommendation for a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system, it is concerned about the impact of a night time curfew and restrictions on carrying passengers for newly qualified drivers.
Measures for newly qualified drivers in a report prepared by TRL for the DfT include a night time driving curfew between 10pm and 5am (unless accompanied by a passenger aged over 30 years) and a ban on carrying passengers under 30-years-old during a probation period.
Milly Wastie, NFYFC chairman, said young people working in the agricultural sector could be affected by a curfew, especially during peak seasons when working late nights and early mornings is essential.
Milly Wastie said: “While we support the introduction of measures such as a GDL, we ask that in the preparation of the Green Paper into young driver safety, consideration is given to young people living in isolated rural areas.
“Due to a lack of public transport, rural young people rely on a car to get to their place of education or work. Those with jobs in agriculture, especially during peak seasons such as harvest, may often be required to work outside of the suggested curfew times of 10pm-5am.”
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