Government considering raising age limit of driving testIn an attempt to cut the number of accidents involving young drivers, the Government is considering changes to the current legislation for new and learner drivers.
Currently people may begin their car driving tests from the age of 17, with a full UK Driving Licence being issued only after passing the theory and practical tests. The practical test must be taken within two years of passing the theory test.
Under the new proposals:
- A new one-year 'learner stage' will begin at 17, in which drivers would have to have at least 100 hours of day-time and 20 hours of night-time supervised practice
- 12-month probationary licences will be issued from the age of 18 after a learner licence, once the 'learner stage' is satisfied
- Drivers who pass must display a "P" plate which will be issued after passing the practical test
- A night-time curfew for new drivers will begin at 22:00 through to 05:00 the next morning - during these hours, new drivers must be accompanied by someone aged 30 years or over