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Young drivers may face curfew to improve safety

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Student drivers aged under 24 may soon be subject to a curfew to prevent accidents.

The Association of British Insurers have raised the possibility of subjecting young drivers to a night time curfew in order to cut accident rates and reduce insurance premiums.

The suggestion was made at a meeting held on Monday between transport ministers and insurance bosses concerned with improving safety on the road.  

A fifth of road accidents resulting in death or serious injury involve drivers under the age of 24. If you’re a student driver, you’ll probably know about the sky-high insurance premiums this can cause. Official statistics show that the risk of motor accidents is significantly higher at night time – hence the proposal.

A full government green paper outlining possible future legislation will be published later this year. Proposals could include

  • Increasing the probationary period for new drivers from 2 to 3 years. During this period, drivers can be banned for collecting only 6 penalty points on their license – as opposed to the usual 12.
  • Allowing learner drivers to take lessons on motorway driving. This is currently banned.
  • Creating a minimum learning period - possibly six months to a year - to give new drivers more experience
  • Limiting the number of passengers young motorists can carry and imposing a zero-alcohol limit on young drivers
It is hoped that improving the safety of young drivers will lead to lower insurance premiums.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "It is alarming that a fifth of people killed or seriously injured on our roads in 2011 were involved in a collision where at least one driver was aged 17 to 24.

"Improving the safety of our young drivers is therefore a real priority and will not only reduce casualties but should also mean a reduction in the sky-high insurance premiums they pay."




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