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Government set to reconsider graduated driver licencing (GDL)

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Media reports are suggesting that the Government is once again to consider the introduction of graduated driver licencing, two-and-a-half years after last distancing itself from the system.

GDL is a scheme which places restrictions on new drivers, such as not being able to drive at night – or not driving with passengers under a certain age in the car.

Its introduction has long been debated by the Government – most recently in 2020, following an inquiry by the Transport Committee.

At the time, the Government said it was not progressing work on GDL.

However, a report in The Sunday Times on 23 April says transport minister Richard Holden will consider GDL with road safety campaigners at a meeting on 16 May.

It notes the scheme could be implemented via the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act, which imposes a probation period on new drivers who get their licence revoked if they get six penalty points within two years of passing.

Under the plan, drivers would not be allowed to carry passengers under 25 years-old in the first year or six months after passing their test.

A DfT spokesperson said: “Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy, and we continue to work tirelessly to improve road safety for all users.

“Our broad approach to improving safety for new and novice drivers is through new technology and improving education, while reinforcing vital road safety messages through our THINK! campaign.”

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