UK motoring laws for new drivers
Newly qualified drivers (those who have passed their test within two years) are already subject to more stringent penalty point laws than other drivers, with just six points leading to their licence being automatically revoked (cancelled).
This includes any points from their provisional licence, which are carried over to the full licence following a driving test pass. Following the revocation of a licence, the driver must apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again to get a full licence.
Now the government are considering a range of further measures aimed at reducing statistics such as those published by Road Safety charity Brake, who state that “Drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.”
Measures under consideration include night-time curfews, limits on the number of passengers allowed, lower speed limits, lower permitted alcohol levels, mandatory ‘P’ plates (these are currently optional) and a limit on the engine sizes of new drivers’ vehicles.