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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 11:23 GMT
Calls for limits on new motorists
Learner driving sign
There are calls for limits on what and where new motorists can drive
Cumbria's police chief is calling for changes in the way drivers, especially young ones, are trained and tested.

Michael Baxter wants the Government to introduce graduated driving tests and place restrictions on new motorists.

He suggests limits on engine sizes and the type of roads they are allowed to use, and that road awareness and cognitive skills should be tested.

The measures are primarily aimed at young drivers, but would also cover newly-qualified motorists.

Gain experience

Chief Constable Baxter said: "This is not a new idea, it is something that is occurring all over the world.

"I'm talking about a process where the competency and experience of drivers is built up over a period of time, so the minute they pass a driving test they can't go out and do just anything at any speed, in any car or vehicle."

With 21.6% of all drivers involved in road traffic collisions in Cumbria aged between 16 and 25, he said it was an attempt to help new drivers, old and young, gain road experience.

He added: "There should be things like a reduction in type of vehicle or in engine size, the number and types of passengers that can be carried where driving is allowed, such as motorways, and not going beyond a certain speed.

"There would also be road awareness and cognitive skills testing.

"We have a responsibility to better equip new and young drivers to deal with the increased challenges of driving in today's society."

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