Readers' vote on driving test changes
12:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Latest News
SEVENTY-THREE per cent of Adver readers are in favour of plans to raise the driving age from 17 to 18 in a bid to cut the number of deaths on the road.
The Department for Transport announced the proposals last week and, under the plans, young drivers could also have to wait until they are 19 before they are given a full licence. The plans would also see new motorists face a lower drink-drive limit for a year, regardless of their age.
A report released last week by the Transport Research Laboratory called for the introduction of so-called Graduated Driver Licensing, a system which is already used in Canada.
As part of it, new drivers would have to pass a series of landmark tests after their driving test before being considered to be competent enough to drive without restrictions.
It is hoped this could cut the number of people killed and injured on Britain’s roads by nearly 4,500 each year. A poll on our website last week has attracted a lot of debate, with 73 per cent of our readers voting in support of the plans, and 27 per cent against. Here is what you had to say on the subject: Stilloyal said: “Most deaths and serious injuries in younger drivers is caused by drugs, not wearing seatbelts, using mobile phones and lack of concentration caused by listening to “music” that can be heard by every other motorist within a half-mile radius.
“Youngsters think it’s not cool to wear a seatbelt (I was the same). I also used to drink and drive as a youngster as well as play my music a little louder.
“People usually grow out of this as they reach maturity, but I still see people of all ages using mobile phones.
“This should result in an automatic ban as it;s just as dangerous as drink/drug-driving.”
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man said: “Age isn’t the issue. The absurdly easy-to-pass and not-in-any-way-exhaustive driving test is. “It would make sense if the route to gaining a full license included: driving at night, driving on motorways, controlling the car in a skid, limit handling, icy/snowy weather driving, etc.
“The existing test (and training) woefully under-prepares anyone for what they’ll experience once they drive solo.”
Swindondad said: “I do not think the driving age needs to be raised and I have seen no evidence that people who pass their test at 18 have fewer accidents in the first year than those who pass it at 17.
“The introduction of the theory and hazard perception tests that have to be passed before a pupil can even book their practical test has made it better preparation and harder to pass than when most of us ‘grumpy old men’ passed our tests in years gone by.
“However, the currently voluntary Pass Plus should be made compulsory so as to address the night driving and motorway driving concerns.
“The existing restrictions on new drivers (six points in two years) are enough to ensure good behaviour from sensible people of whatever age (yes there are some idiots out there but age is not the defining trait for that).”
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