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DLVA law change to hit drivers born in these years with three restrictions


Drivers across the UK could be hit with bans on what they can legally do on the road due to a new law change for DVLA Driving Licences put forward in Parliament.

If made law in 2025, under the proposals put forwards, everyone aged 17 to 24 would be hit with restrictions for the first six months of having a Licence.

It means those born in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001 could be facing various ‘bans’ or legal restrictions on their driving freedoms.

Drivers born in those years could be forced to have a supervising driver in the car at all times for the first six months.

Limits could include banning drivers from driving at certain times of day, having no passengers in the car and having a zero alcohol limit, whereas fully graduated drivers can have a small amount of alcohol in their bloodstream legally.

This is called a Graduated Licensing Programme and people would ‘graduate’ through various stages before getting a full Driving Licence from the DVLA.

As the RAC explains: “Typically, a graduated licensing program consists of several stages, each with its own requirements and restrictions. For example, in the initial stage, new drivers must be supervised by a licensed and experienced adult.

“As they progress through the stages, they may gain more privileges, such as driving unsupervised during certain hours or with a limited number of passengers. Finally, after completing all requirements, they are granted a full driver’s licence.”

The aim of the new laws would be to cut down on young deaths on the road.

In New Zealand a similar scheme has already been introduced and there has been a 23 percent drop in car crash deaths for those aged 15 to 19, and a 12 percent reduction for those aged 20 to 24.

Kim Leadbeater, MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire, introduced the bill to Parliament. She said: “ “Many of us will remember being new drivers. The inexperience, the lack of confidence or, sometimes, sadly often amongst younger men, the overconfidence

“We must never forget that behind [that] statistic there are thousands of lives, right across the country, grieving or going through unimaginable pain. Lives changed forever and families torn apart by tragic and often avoidable collisions.”

The RAC, along with the AA, is one of several groups backing the scheme.

RAC road safety spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “The tragic statistics speak for themselves. Young drivers, especially men, are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured on our roads, so it’s high time a renewed focus was given to reducing casualties.

“Families up and down the country who have lost sons and daughters far too soon are looking for something to change, and graduated driving licences could well be the answer.

“Passing the practical driving test is the very first step in anyone’s driving career, but there remains so much more to learn to become a safe, proficient, and confident driver. We call on MPs to back this Bill and set the wheels in motion in creating legislation that has the potential to save lives.”

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