Driving Age Rumours
We have received many questions from worried teenagers regarding rumours of the minimum driving age going up to 18 in the UK.
There are currently no such plans - So Stop Worrying! If we hear of any facts on this subject we will let you know on this page right away.
If after consultation the Government decided to go ahead there would almost certainly have to be new Laws. Notice of a Bill would then perhaps be given in the Queens speech at the state opening of parliament.
The Bill would the have to pass through both houses of parliament (assuming the Lords are still there).
Passage of a Bill requiring novice drivers to have held a provisional licence for one year before taking a test would be unlikely to receive an easy passage.
The Government have rejected calls for a night-time cufew on newly qualified drivers carrying passengers and will not raise the minimum driving age to 18. Instead, the Department for Transport will focus on more effective learning and testing.
A new rumour appears to be developing that motorway driving and night driving is to be incorporated into the driving test.
This would be impractical. Learners will never be allowed on a motorway until they pass the practical driving test.
If night driving were included in the test, it would require the tests to be conducted after 11pm in the long summer days.
When you pass your test and if you are anxious about motorway or night driving, please have a few extra lessons with your driving Instructor, or better still, have a go at the Pass Plus course.
The current Laws in the UK
You cannot start to drive a car until your provisional driving licence has been accepted and in your possession. If you are in receipt of the higher rate of disability, you can start to learn how to drive when you reach your 16th Birthday otherwise you will have to wait until your 17th Birthday.
See what other Learner drivers say about increasing the age to 18. Visit the tread on the 2pass Learner Driver Forum. Why not add your views!
Click here if you are of driving age and wish to apply for a driving licence.
Driving age in Europe
Driving age in America
Driving age in The Rest of the World