These are interesting times right now for learner drivers.

On the one hand, there are groups trying to work out how to try and re-enthuse teenagers about driving again, and on the other there are recommendations to improve safety that will force up the age of getting a license and the cost. Finding the right balance is tough.

The most recent suggestions have resulted in calls for the introduction of a 12-month learner period, and enforcing 120 hours of driver training during that period, including 20 hours of night time driving.

Thereafter, there would be a further probationary year that (under the proposals) would include a night time curfew, carrying a P badge, a ban on any kind of phone use - including hands-free - plus a lower blood alcohol limit than is standard now and a ban on carrying any passengers under 30 if the driver is under 30.