Teenagers might have to wait a year longer before they can take their driving test.
A new proposal by the government is under scrutiny in a bid to curb road accidents. Currently, teenagers are allowed to take their driving tests at the age of 17. However, with the new regulations under consideration, the age could be pushed a year further on to reduce the number of young drivers on the roads.
Facts published by the Transport Research Laboratory indicated that more than a fifth of the accidents occurring in 2011 involved drivers between the ages of 17 and 24. A Department for Transport spokesperson said ‘young drivers drive around 5% of all the miles driven in Britain, but are involved in about 20% of the crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured’. Such facts have put the government under pressure to reconsider the driving ages.
There are other proposals regarding young motorists under consideration. Scrapping the alcohol limit altogether and banning the use of mobile phones, including hands free devices, is also on the agenda. Although this seems a very stern approach, the Transport Research Laboratory underlined that this could benefit teenagers. Insurance premiums would be reduced and, more importantly, their lives and fellow road-users’ lives would be safer.
The government’s investments into limiting road accidents will hopefully save plenty of lives; especially with winter weather fast approaching. However, many people will still be victims of road accidents, and are entitled to road traffic accident compensation claims.
Here at Blackwater Law we specialise in assisting victims of motorbike accidents and other serious road traffic accidents on a “no win, no fee” basis. Claim your compensation today by calling us on 0800 083 5500.