The Government is considering tough new proposals restricting new drivers
The Government is considering tough new proposals that could improve road safety by restricting new drivers. As such – because conditions are more dangerous at night - the inexperienced could be banned from the road after (say) 10:30pm. There could also be limits on the number of passengers they carry as this would minimise distraction and the temptation to show-off. There could be a zero alcohol limit too. Furthermore, the Government might create a minimum learning period of (say) twelve months to ensure that motorists have a set amount of experience before their tests. It has also been proposed that learners are allowed to drive on the motorways to broaden their experience. The test itself could also evolve to focus more heavily on unsupervised driving which requires candidates to navigate alone rather than via prompts. Examiners could then more closely observe drivers' natural behaviour. Furthermore, as of now youngsters can be banned if they receive six penalty points within two years. This period could be extended to three years to further encourage safe behaviour. Experienced motorists, in contrast, can collect up to twelve points. It has also been proposed that the newly qualified are encouraged via incentives to continue their tuition. These steps could reduce youngsters' insurance premiums as they would be less likely to crash (in theory).