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Death crash father seeks reform
Kayleigh Parry, Katie Roberts, Danielle Caswell, and Louise Jones
Louise Jones (far right), with (left to right) Kayleigh Parry, Katie Roberts, Danielle Caswell
A father whose 16-year-old daughter died with three of her teenage friends in a car crash has called for the driving test to be scrapped.

Terry Jones says learners should have to log 200 hours of driving with an older motorist before they can take a car out on their own.

His daughter Louise died in Powys last November in a car driven by a man of 18 who had just passed his test.

Craig Ramshaw, from Ebbw Vale, was convicted of careless driving.

He was banned from driving for two years but cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Jones told BBC Radio Five Live the driving test should be scrapped in favour of a longer programme of continuous assessment, akin to what pilots have to go through.

Log book system

He explained what he envisaged: "You have a log book. You've got expert drivers taking them out.

"You're going to have 200 hours of training, but this time, the difference will be they will have to be shown how to drive.

Terry Jones, father of Louise Jones
They (17-year-olds) can go from nothing to driving the most powerful cars on our road and that is without having any instruction on the motorways
Terry Jones
Father of car crash victim

"In the light, but in the light then when it's raining, in the light when it's foggy, in the light when there's snow on the ground, ice on the ground, (and) in the dark, the same."

Miss Jones died with Kayleigh Parry, 16, and 15-year-olds Katie Roberts and Danielle Caswell.

They were travelling along a mountain road near Ebbw Vale last November when Ramshaw's car skidded off the road and flipped over.

Last week at Cardiff Crown Court, Ramshaw was cleared of dangerous driving, but given a conditional discharge for careless driving, as well as a driving ban.

His lawyer Patrick Harrington QC said he was "deeply sorry" and hoped that one day the girls' families would forgive him.

Sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said he was too immature to hold a driving licence, both at the time of the accident and now.

'Crash courses'

Mr Jones wants to see the law changed to introduce a pilot-style driving course on which young people would have to log 200 hours with an experienced motorist.

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A test should include night driving and motorway driving
Cathy, Milton Keynes

Learners should also be allowed to drive on motorways, something they cannot do now, and should have to undergo further training before they can carry passengers, he said.

Mr Jones has said previously that he does not bear any ill-will towards Ramshaw, but wants other young people to learn from what happened.

He also criticised intensive "crash courses" which condense the learning process into a few days.

"They (17-year-olds) can go from nothing to driving the most powerful cars on our road and that is without having any instruction on the motorways," he said.



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