September 23, 2011

LEARNERS MAY HAVE TO LEARN THEIR THEORY BEFORE BEING ALLOWED BEHIND THE WHEEL

Learner drivers in Jersey may have to pass their theory test before being allowed on the roads to take practical lessons under new proposals looking to make roads safer.

Currently learners can apply for their provisional licence up to 2 months before they turn 17 but must not start driving until the licence has arrived and they have turned 17 years of age. They can then drive whilst supervised without having to sit any exams.

Yet parish constables in Jersey want to see learners pass their theory first before being issued with a licence. They would be allowed to sit the theory test up to a year before their 17th birthday so they could learn to drive on their licence from the day they turn 17 still. This would ensure everyone knows their theory before getting behind the wheel of a car.

The proposals may also be extended to moped riders who would also have to sit a theory test before doing the basic training which allows them to ride on a provisional licence.

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