Young drivers could be banned from offering mates lifts under new rules

Young drivers could be banned from doing one common thing behind the wheel under new rules.

The legislation will be aimed at the younger generation who make up 6% of total licence holders in the UK.

But they account for one out of every five serious or fatal crashes.

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Now they could be banned from picking up their mates and giving them a lift.

The plans include the introduction of a "graduated driving licence" which would place extra rules on young drivers.

Critics pointed out the under 25s on the road account for less crashes than the over 85s.

Now groups like Support for Victims of Road Crashes, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Department for Transport, backed the plans.

Among other supporters is Sharron Huddleston who lost her 18-year-old daughter Caitlin in an accident.

Her child was a passenger in her friend's car who had just passed her driving test four-months beforehand.

They both died which left a devastating mark on the mum.

She told The Times: "It has left a huge, gaping hole in our family. Every Christmas, every birthday, it is just devastating.

"There is nothing I can do to bring Caitlin back but I am determined, in her memory, to ensure that no other family goes through the pain and agony that we go through every day."

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There will be a meeting on the new plans – attended by both Sharron and Roads Minister Richard Holden – on May 16, at which the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act will be considered.

Road safety charity Brake said new motorists carrying passengers of a similar age are four times more likely to get involved in a fatal car crash when compared with driving on their own.

Around 590 young drivers and 375 passengers under the age of 25 died in car crashes between 2014 and 2020.

The Department for Transport said: "Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and we continue to work tirelessly to improve road safety for all users.

"Our approach to improving safety for new and novice drivers is through new technology and improving education, while reinforcing vital road safety messages through our Think! campaign."

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