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UK Drivers Given 18 Certificate

by | 6th, August 2007

AS the Times reports, the Government wants to increase the age at which you can legally drive from 17 to 18.

The minimum legal driving age is expected to rise to 18 as part of reforms to cut the number of deaths caused on Britain’s roads by novice drivers.

Ministers are to propose a 12-month training period for new drivers, in effect preventing 17-year-olds from holding a full licence, The Times has learnt.

A consultation paper, to be published this autumn, will also suggest a zero alcohol limit for newly-qualified drivers of all ages for a year after they pass the test. Novice drivers found behind the wheel with alcohol in their blood would be forced to retake their test. Motorway driving may also be restricted to more experienced drivers.

The Government is, however, to reject proposals to ban young drivers from ferrying their friends as unworkable. Nor are there plans to introduce an upper age limit.

Research by the Department for Transport (DfT) suggests that a 12-month learning period would save up to 1,000 deaths and up to 7,000 serious injuries a year.

A good idea? For sure. I drove at 17 in a way I would never drive now…

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