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  Driving age could be cut to 16
Updated 04 March 2002, 14.23
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The age when you can start learning to drive could be dropped to 16.

At the moment you have to be 17 before you can get your provisional licence and start taking driving lessons.

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Fact File
Road accidents
Alcohol is the biggest cause of road deaths, especially among young drivers
In 1999, 3,599 people were killed in roads accidents
Almost 10% of all drivers hurt in crashes in 2000 were between 17-19 years old
Research shows young motorists drive faster and more carelessly if they've got a passenger

But if the age is cut to 16-and-a-half, learner drivers may also have to take lessons for a minimum of a year before they can pass.

These ideas are part of a new set of laws being considered by the government to cut the number of deaths and road accidents every year.

Other possible changes include:

  • Showing 'P' plates for six to 12 months after passing your test
  • Tougher drink-drive rules
  • Making new drivers have smaller, less powerful cars
  • Making learner drivers wait if they fail their test, before they can try again



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