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Survey on changes to Road Traffic Bill now live

Young people now have the opportunity to give their views on proposed changes to the law concerning how young people learn to drive and the restrictions on new drivers.

The proposed changes are included in the Road Traffic Bill which has been brought to the Assembly by the Minister for the Environment. The Assembly’s Environment Committee is examining the proposals before producing a report for the Assembly. The Committee wants to hear what young people think because, if passed, the proposed changes to the law will directly affect them. The Committee can suggest changes to the law.

The proposals in the Bill include:

  • Lowering the age at which young people can apply for provisional licence to 16 and a half, but not allowing them to get a full licence until they are 17 and a half;
  • An end to the 45mph speed limit for learner and new drivers;
  • Allowing learners to drive on the motorway
  • Replacing R plates with N plates -  restrictions on new drivers will be for 2 years, rather than one;
  • Learner drivers will have to get formal lessons from a qualified instructor; and
  • For 6 months following their test, new drivers will not be allowed to carry other young passengers (aged 14 to 20) without an experienced driver over 21 being in the car (unless the young people are immediate family members).

This is an opportunity for young people to participate in the democratic decision-making process by having their say on a proposed new law which will make significant changes to the rules governing learner and new drivers. The Committee wants to hear from young people aged 13 to 24 years old.

The survey can be found at the following web address:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPW9MBJ

If you are a teacher or youth worker who wishes to do some preparation with young people in advance of them completing the survey, please see these notes which will help with discussion.

Please note that the survey closes on Monday 24th November 2014.