Learner drivers could have to wait until they are 18 before they are allowed to take their driving test.

It recommends a one-year “learner stage” beginning at 17.

During this time they would have to complete a minimum of 100 daytime hours and 20 nighttime hours of supervised practice, which would then have to be submitted in a mandatory log book when they go to do their driving test.

The hours would have to be verified by a parent/guardian, supervising driver or an approved driving instructor. Under the scheme, the restriction on learner drivers using the motorways would be lifted.

At the age of 18 drivers would be eligible to apply for a probationary licence, which would require theory, on-road and hazard perception tests to be passed. Successful drivers would be issued with green ‘P’ plates.

New drivers would face a curfew between 10pm and 5am unless a passenger aged over 30 was in the car.


Ministers are due to publish a green paper this year after considering the Transport Research Laboratory’s report, although this might be put on hold!!!

What do you think?