Govt rules out 'graduated licence'

Saturday, 03 November 2012

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Government ministers have admitted that they have no plans to implement new 'graduated licence' laws in the UK, even though motor insurance and charity organisations have called for them to be introduced.

Road safety campaigners and the Association of British Insurers have recommended that a new system should be legislated, which would see restrictions imposed on young drivers.

Among the suggestions are limiting the hours they can drive from 04:00 GMT to 23:00 GMT, introducing a zero blood-alcohol limit and implementing a boundary on the number of passengers they can have in their vehicle.

It is hoped that the move will protect drivers, but road safety minister Stephen Hammond has said there are no plans to introduce it.

He explained: "We are already working with young people, the insurance industry and other key partners to identify what more can be done to ensure that newly qualified drivers are properly prepared and drive safely."

Mr Hammond went on to say that any ideas believed to decrease the likelihood of accidents among young drivers will be considered.

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