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