Young motorists may be banned from night driving

Young drivers could be banned from driving at night under new plans to boost road safety.

The proposal for novice drivers is being considered by ministers in England, after figures showed around a fifth are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.

The scheme could feature a series of restrictions, such as a minimum learning period, not driving at night and not driving with passengers under a certain age.

England’s road safety minister Michael Ellis said: ‘We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

‘Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.

‘We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.’

Graduated licensing schemes already operate in several parts of the world, including New York and California in the US; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada and New South Wales and Victoria in Australia.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said: ‘Newly qualified drivers, particularly young males, are a high road safety risk and much of this can be put down to lack of experience and overconfidence.

‘We must do all we can to keep young drivers safe and this starts with making our licensing process more robust.’

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