Young drivers could be prevented from taking their driving test until they are 18 and face a raft of motoring restrictions if proposals put forward in a new Government-commissioned report are adopted.
The proposals – which also include measures such as teenaged motorists from being forbidden to drive at night or with similarly aged friends as passengers – are contained in a 190-page research report into novice driving standards by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
The TRL study was commissioned by the Department for Transport to analyse statistics that suggest young and novice drivers are much more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than older, more experienced motorists.
DFT figures suggest 22 per cent of fatalities on Britain’s roads in 2011 occurred in collisions involving a driver aged between 17 and 24.
In 65 per cent of those collisions, the fatal injuries were sustained by passengers or road users other than the young driver, leading the TRL report to conclude that, “the over-representation of young novice drivers in road injury statistics is a public health risk in GB and worldwide”.