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Dealers' youngest customers in the Government's sights

A recent survey by The Association of British Insurers (ABI) reveals that more than three in four people believe there should be restrictions on young drivers after they pass their test.

Most of those keen on some curbs reckon learners should have a minimum 12 months of lessons whist 71% supported restricting the number of young passengers that newly qualified young drivers were allowed to carry.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin revealed at the weekend that the Government is looking at a variety of curbs on young drivers, including a ban on carrying passengers who are not members of their family, or any passengers at all.

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  • Pete Underhill - 30/11/2012 09:59

    I collect my daughter from work 3 times a week at around midnight from and area of the town I live in which has a fast food chain close by. As such this attracts a vast number of young drivers and creates a playground for them to race around in their small but powerful cars without real consideration for the general public. I'm lucky in that my daughter has shown no signs of wanting to drive just yet, but I'm worried and concerned that young drivers have access to more powerful vehicles and are not equipped to handle them properly. I sit waiting to collect my daughter and listen to countless vehicles pulling away from this area and hitting the rev limiter in the first 3 gears whilst driving in a 30 MPH area. I must add that I do believe there are a vast number of sensible young drivers, but the trend is a worrying one. It might be worth bringing in restrictions on the engine size, power and performance for drivers between 18 and 25, as well as making 'P' plates mandatory for the first 24 months of their driving. Also I believe Motorway Driving should be tested seperately as well and an age limit of only over 25's being allowed to use them, probably not pratical but something to consider.