Recently qualified drivers could also face changes once they have passed, with the government even considering bringing in a graduated driving licence.
Currently, new drivers who have been behind the wheel for less than two years face stronger penalties for offences like using a mobile phone, but a whole range of restrictions could also be imposed.
These are likely to focus on:
- Curfews – Times when they are allowed to be on the road
- Passengers – Limits for how many passengers a new driver can have
- Speed – Separate, lower speed limits to other drivers
- Engine sizes – Limits on how powerful their cars can be
- Mandatory P plates – These are currently optional, but could be made mandatory for up to two years
- Alcohol – Lower limits than the general driving population
A pilot scheme for graduated licences was tested in Northern Ireland from 2019 to 2020. This could lead to it being rolled out in England if successful.