Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership: 'Experience is key to young driver safety'
Experience, not necessarily age, is key to helping cutting young deaths on the county’s roads, says Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
New research for the Government suggests young drivers should only be allowed to sit a driving test aged 18, rather than at 17.
And young people would have to log 120 driving hours including 20 at night beforehand.
Then, after passing a test, novices would have to drive for a year under restrictions before a full licence is granted from the aged of 19.
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These include a night time curfew unless accompanied by a passenger aged over 30 and a ban on carrying passengers aged under 30.
Also proposed is a ban on all mobile phone use and a lower alcohol limit.
Seven people aged 17 to 24 have been killed on Lincolnshire’s roads since January, compared to a total of six last year and 25 in 2007.
Provisional licences are currently valid from the age of 17.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spokesman John Siddle said: “I think the focus should be on extra driving hours to get vital experience and this should be mandatory.
“Even if they lowered the learner driver age down to 16, the important thing is to get the statutory number of hours in before attempting a test.
“Most at risk on our roads are young women being driven by young men.
“But we have a problem with the under 30 issue.
“If there’s a married couple who are 24 who are they going to get around?”