HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 cc485-6W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to amend the age requirements in respect of those applying for driving licences. [143926]

Mr. Hill

In accordance with the Government's Road Safety Strategy we are currently considering options for improving the safety of novice drivers. This includes the recommendation made by the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee that a minimum period should be set between drivers obtaining their provisional licence and first attempting a practical car driving test. We wish to ensure that learner drivers achieve the necessary level of driving experience before they take their test and will consult fully on any proposals before introducing any subsequent changes to the present arrangements.

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