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Night-Time Young Driver Ban

Young drivers could be banned from the road at night in a bid to tackle high accident rates in England. Ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system with a string of restrictions for newly qualified drivers.

As well as not driving at night, other restrictions include a minimum learning period and not driving with passengers under a certain age. It comes after figures revealed a fifth of novice motorists are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.

Young male newly qualified drivers are particularly at risk, often because of “lack of experience and overconfidence”. Graduated licensing schemes already operate in several parts of the world. New Zealand could consider this initiative in addition to our already staged (learner/restricted/full) approach, especially if newly qualified drivers are over-represented in night time crashes.

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