Seven young Lincolnshire road deaths since January: Could raising the minimum driving age prevent future tragedies?
Young people in Lincolnshire could have to wait until they are 19 before they can drive on their own under plans to cut the death toll on our roads.
Seven people aged 17 to 24 have been killed on Lincolnshire's roads since January this year, compared to a total of six in 2012 and 25 in 2007.
The national driving age could be raised from 17 to 18, and motorists aged under 30 banned from giving friends a lift or night driving for 12 months after passing the test, unless accompanied by a driver aged over 30.
The proposals drafted for the Department for Transport would also see drivers having to achieve further standards after their driving test before they were considered competent to drive without restrictions.
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Young people would still be allowed to learn to drive when they turn 17 but would have to wait until they are 18 to take a test and would have to log 120 hours of supervised practice including 20 hours at night.
Novice drivers who pass their test would remain on probation for 12 months, during which time a green ‘P’ would be displayed.
All new drivers, including older motorists, would also face restrictions on night driving, a lower drink-drive limit and a ban on using a hands-free mobile phone for 12 months after passing their test.
The Transport Research Laboratory, which has put forward the recommendations, says they would bring considerable casualty savings for young and novice drivers, their passengers and all other road users.