Young drivers could have to now wait until they are 18 before they can take their driving test under proposals that are being considered by the Government.
Why would the driving test age be increased?
The number of people killed and injured in accidents on the roads caused by young drivers is troubling.
More than a fifth of deaths in 2011 were involving drivers aged between 17 and 24 years old as reported by the Transport Laboratory. 10% of new drivers have also been caught committing a driving offence within their driving probationary period.
How will the new proposals work?
Learner drivers will still be able to apply for a provisional driving licence at 17 years old. They will however then need to complete a 12 month driving course, during that time they have to participate in lessons for at least 100 hours driving during daylight hours, plus 20 hours of night time driving.
Newly qualified drivers will then be governed by a curfew, they will not be allowed to drive during the hours of 10pm – 5am without having a passenger of over 30 years old in the vehicle at that time.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport commented: “Young drivers drive around 5% of all the miles driven in Britain, but are involved in about 20% of the crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured.
“We are committed to improving safety for young drivers and reducing their insurance costs – that is why we are publishing a Green Paper later in the year setting out our proposals.
“This will include a discussion about how people learn to drive.”