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I genuinely feel sorry for anyone sitting a car test today.

Young people should be given a helping hand in obtaining
a licence,with some reserve. Helping with cheaper insurance
and given every chance to prove their own responsibility to others.

When the very small number wish to throw it all away doing dangerous things then and only then should it become hard for them to drive with minimum cc limitations being imposted.

Very expensive insurance and a full retest being a requirement.
 

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Banning young drivers for night driving is ridiculous and completely unforcable.The police struggle to enforce the rules and regulations that we have in place now,so adding to this would be madness......:crazy:

Upping the age to 18 would make little difference,too.All it would mean that deaths in scooter of moped accidents would soar as youngsters would be forced to ride them for longer......In my area,if you haven't got your own transport your completely snookered,but I don't suppose our government have worked that out yet.How are people from the country supposed to get jobs or attend colleges/universities if they can't get there?.The public transport system in my area is a bit of a joke,but I suppose thats the case anywhere....apart from London.:rolleyes:But then the country does revolve around London......

Sorry,rant over.:eek:
 

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Driving test ad skills

Can we as a nation condone the untimely deaths of young drivers – what can we do about it. The aim of banning inexperienced drivers (regardless of age) driving at night is simply this – most fatalities involving inexperienced drivers occur between the hours of 11-00pm and 5-00 am. New Zealand and some of the states in America operate such a system. In fact some states operate a policy of restricting elderly drivers to driving in daylight only. Surely our aim should be to reduce road deaths. I appreciate there are people who live in rural areas and driving is the only means they have of getting to work, etc. but surely something needs to be done. They main cause of accidents involving young drivers is inexperience. When I passed my test my instructor said well done but now the hard part begins – how right he was. A two stage test may be worth considering – whereby after the first year – sit another test to see if driving skills have improved (which should have). My wife passed her test first time some 8 years ago and has never driven a car since – yet legally she is permitted to drive. Obviously something needs changing.
 

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Banning new drivers from driving at night sounds great in theory...

...but gets in the way of those that got their license for work, and may need to work shifts etc...
 

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Completely agree Rog, I believe that the answer lies in making the test more relevant to today's driving, rather than imposing yet more bureaucracy and legislation.

Once someone has passed their test, there should be a mandatory one hour motorway session, plus one hour night-time driving. I would also suggest a skid pan (accident avoidance course) as advisable.

My Father used to say "You learn to pass a test, then the real learning begins!"

Otherwise, we expect new drivers to intuitively know how to conduct themselves in situations they've never experienced, and tut-tut when they (naturally) get it wrong.

Paul:)
 

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Upgrade of drivig test, etc

Hi Rog – I didn’t give all the details – but in countries where drivers are banned from night driving (whether it be age or medical reasons) – they can apply for special permission for certain essential journeys such as job and medical treatment. In the event of a medical emergency they can claim retrospective allowance as long as there is documentary evidence to support their claim. No you can’t claim going down to the off licence as an essential journey for medication.:p
 

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It`s the law abiding young drivers I feel sorry for who pay a fortune to pass the test, then another to insure , MOT and tax their cars.
While the unliscenced scum bags who this law is aimed at will keep on driving their unregistered, uninsured, untaxed unMOT`d cars whenever and wherever they want.
The only official document they carry will be an ASBO.
 
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