The Department for Transport are considering the possibility of banning new drivers from driving at night, with the introduction of a graduated license scheme.
Motoring experts are warning that limiting the time scale of driving could have a severe impact on the independence of young drivers, putting them off driving entirely.
The potential ban has come after figures from the DfT showed that one in five new drivers will be involved in a collision during their first 12 months on the road.
Initial ideas to deal with this include:
- New drivers prevented from taking passengers under a certain age
- Reducing the legal alcohol limit
Considering the plans taking place, Ian McIntosh, chief executive of Red Driving School, expressed his concerns over the future of young drivers:
“It will also affect support networks built around friends and families – particularly in rural areas where public transport options are limited” he said.
“At a time where young drivers are already penalised through higher insurance premiums, the government should avoid action that further limits the opportunities offered by learning to drive.”
Some have welcomed the possibility of the new scheme providing a more controlled environment for drivers, although a balanced approach is still welcome.
Right now, there are no further details on how the proposed system could work in practice:
- Will there be a set curfew throughout the year?
- How long is someone classed as ‘newly-qualified’?
- Will there be exceptions to the rule?
There will no doubt be implications on future pco car hire drivers who are also newly qualified – hours for work would be limited to the day for example, and even the choice of passengers could be affected.
It’s a scheme which needs close attention, – keep reading Pace Hire for more updates as they arrive.