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Young drivers face more restrictions

Saturday 17th November, 2012 at 11:11 COMMENTS (0)

Young drivers 'could' be banned from carrying passengers who are not members of their own family in a bid to cut the number of deaths on the roads. 

More than 1,500 17 to 24-year-olds in the UK were killed or seriously injured while driving a car last year, according to the Department for Transport. 

They accounted for 25% of all car deaths and injuries in 2011. 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is considering measures which could cut the number of accidents involving young motorists. 

"There is a suggestion as to whether you should look at a restriction whether anyone could carry passengers for six or nine months when they have first passed their test," he said. 

"There are suggestions about them only perhaps being allowed to take a family member to drive a car when you are learning, you have to have a qualified driver in the car.  So these are all sorts of areas that I think we can look at."

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