Changes are being made to the issuing of licences to young learners. A Green Paper is due to be published by ministers which recommends a one-year ‘learner stage’ beginning at 17, during which drivers would have to have at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision. Learners can then only take their test at 18 and will be issued with a 12-month probationary licence and would be required to display a green ‘P’ plate.
During the probationary stage, drivers would have a curfew between 22:00 and 05:00 and all those under 30 will be banned from carrying any passengers under 30.
Jane Hunt ADI of Britannia Driving School argues ‘education and changing driver attitude is the key to improving safety’.
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