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Young drivers could be banned from carrying passengers

By NadiaNews  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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Young drivers could be banned from carrying passengers for nine months after they pass their test.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he was considering the proposals, put forward by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The ABI said the move could cut the number of accidents involving young motorists.

Mr McLoughlin said: "I read regular reports where three or four young  people have been killed in a car and it's a new driver and you wonder what happened.

"When I talk to young people who have recently passed their test, they say sometimes that there is peer pressure put on them to go fast, to show off.

"They are not drivers with a huge amount of experience by the very fact of them being new drivers. I think we have got to look at that."

Mr McLoughlin said he was considering whether measures should be put in place for novice drivers to carry no passengers other than immediate family members. 

Ollie Pain, 18, and passenger Harry Smith, 17, died when their car crashed on a country lane through Furzeground Wood, only a few miles from North Nibley, on Tuesday night. 

Teen Jake Gardner from Guiting Power was killed in a crash with another car on November 5. He was alone in the car, and there is no indication of what caused the crash.

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  • tishwash  |  November 19 2012, 6:13PM

    how on earth are police going to know whether the drivers in the car have had more than 9 months experience or not ? what a silly idea.

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  • Naterpee  |  November 19 2012, 10:05AM

    intheforest, I don't think you can tar all 17 year olds with the same brush, it's not really fair and not necessarily a true statement!

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  • intheForest  |  November 18 2012, 11:53AM

    Raise the Driving age, as 17 year olds today treat Cars/Mopeds as a extension of their Xbox.. Harsh but true !!!

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  • wildman  |  November 17 2012, 4:29PM

    Restricted Licence for the 1st 2 years like the Motorcycle test, so they can only drive certain types of cars low cc, it will give them a chance to build motoring skills whilst still learning to drive in all conditions, also the smaller cars would mean a lower insurance premiums if it was made compluasry that all new driver (regardless of age) have these insurance boxes fitted.

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  • Matt1006  |  November 17 2012, 1:55PM

    And this would be down to the traffic police to enforce, presumably? Can see the cries of complaint from parents when their little angels are constantly being pulled over, whether or not they are complying with or breaching the rules. And why mention the 2 accidents at the bottom of the report - the Furzeground Wood accident only happened a few days ago and the investigation will be on-going, whilst Jake Gardner was alone and no cause known, so his accident is irrelevant in the context of new drivers possibly being banned from carrying passengers, as he wasn't doing so.

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