Skip to comments.No full driving license until 19: Ministers’ plan to slash deaths caused by young motorists (UK)
Posted on 10/10/2013 9:59:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The driving age could be raised to 18 in an attempt to slash the death toll on our roads.
And young people could be forced to wait until they are 19 before they qualify for a full license under radical plans being considered by ministers. Currently, they can be driving independently at 17.
The plans could also see all motorists aged under 30 banned from giving their friends a lift or driving at night for 12 months after they pass their test.
The proposals, prepared for the Department for Transport, would also see new motorists face a lower drink-drive limit for a year, regardless of their age.
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Wow . Got mine when I was 16 in CT in 1968 .
Most farm kids are driving, on the farm, as young as 12. I think the stats would bear out that farm kids have very low death stats through driving.
At whatever age a person is allowed to drive, for the first couple of years, they will be at their most dangerous.
The problem is more attitude than inexperience.
In the UK the problem is also that the drinking age is I believe 16. Raising the driving age gives the teen-age alcoholics times to die from bicycle acidents
This will not stop reckless drivers though.
In Australia kids are flying airplanes by 14.
Yes but when I lived there they couldn’t drive until 18, and then it was 6 months on “L” plates and 3 years on probation with the first year on “P” plates. Have they lowered the standards since then?
Sorry, slight correction, you could get your learners permit and drive supervised on “L” plates at 17, but couldn’t progress to “P” plates until 18.
18 is the age at which people can buy alcohol in the UK. You are allowed to drink beer or wine at 16 in pub or restaraunt under adult supervision and consume it with a meal.
We should reraise the voting age to 21 or 25. Military personnel excepted.
The central planning types who are behind this never think of the fact that during the first year on the road, teens will probably have more accidents regardless if that first year is 16, 17 or 18.
Driving is a requirement for suburban and rural life, where government interference in people’s lives is an annoyance. Attacking the automobile, raising taxes on gasoline, increasing the restrictions, making ownership painful is intended to make city living more competitive. City dwellers overwhelmingly vote socialist the world over so big government has an incentive to herd the voter cattle into them.
That’s a very good idea. 18 only for military
The voting age was put at 18 during the Viet Nam War I believe it was related. And it is nota good thing nor is it necessary.
Driving age is too low around here. Tons of accidents here, not all young people Why push it ?
In Germany driving age is up there i don’t knw what but everyone has to learn how to drive what a concept.
Here, at driving school they want to know why the parents aren’t letting the kid drive more often Well, that’s why I have them here?
Learning how to drive is just not taken seriously. Deaths from traffic accidents (not including injury) per year on texas is over a thousand times as many as the toll from one of the shootings, and a lot more preventable
Cops enforce speeding alone not reckless driving. They just want money I guess not necessarily safer roads
You are exactly right.
Driving is a learned skill.
Just as drinking is a learned skill
All you do by moving the age limit up is change the age of the most endangered.
IIRC, driving school is big business in Europe. They don’t teach it in public schools like we do. It’s expensive and it costs a lot more to get the license. I don’t know what it costs now, but years ago someone told me that the license alone was $500, and you could lose your license just after a couple tickets.
I think those are the same thing.
The more you drive, the more accidents you will see, and the more close calls you will have. Seeing accidents and almost getting into wrecks cause drivers to realize the inherent dangers of driving, which improves attitudes.
The unlucky actually get into accidents, rather than having close calls, and are forced to learn from their own experience, rather than the bad experiences of others.