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Driving age 'must increase to 18'
The minimum driving age must be raised from 17 to 18 to stop young people "killing themselves and others", MPs have said.
The Commons transport committee also wants learner drivers to spread lessons over a year before taking the test and a complete alcohol ban for new drivers.
Novice drivers should be banned from carrying passengers aged between 10 and 20 late at night, the report adds.
The government said it would not rule out adopting the proposals.
Young driver safety was already a priority, it added.
Government figures show that one-third of road deaths involve a car driven by a person aged between 17 and 25, although this group accounts for just one in eight licence-holders.
In 1992, there were 12.6 deaths on the road for every 100,000 motorists aged 17 to 20. By 2005, the figure had risen to 19.2.
Under the proposed changes, people could start learning to drive at 17, as is currently the case, but not take the test until they are 18.
The committee's report - Novice Drivers - says there should also be an "absolute minimum" number of hours of tuition and a "structured syllabus", rather than instructors cramming knowledge into students ahead of the test.
Training must also tackle "inflated self-confidence" by promoting "awareness of one's limitations in real driving situations".
We cannot continue to waste young lives
Gwyneth Dunwoody MP
Meanwhile, "hazard perception training", sometimes using computer simulators, should be extended, possibly to schools, to encourage better habits in young drivers-to-be.
Transport committee chairman Gwyneth Dunwoody, Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said: "The time has come for a revolutionary change."
She added: "I think some males would like to drive at 11. But the reality is that we aren't talking about people having the odd crunch... but about people killing themselves and killing others.
"The other side is a rise in the number of young people killing young people in the same car."
The committee is calling for a zero alcohol limit for all drivers for a year after passing their test.
This group should also be banned from carrying passengers aged between 10 and 20 from 11pm to 5am, it adds.
But the move has not been welcomed by all young people.
Lauren Coles, 18, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, told the BBC News website: "This is stupid. I've been driving over a year now and I need my driving licence because I live in the middle of nowhere.
"I've lost two friends in accidents but I wouldn't change the law on the driving age."
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Published: 2007/07/19 08:28:21 GMT
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