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02/01/2020 - Chelmsford

Recently qualified drivers

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.