Driving: Licensing

Transport written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to introduce conditional driving licences prohibiting (a) nighttime driving, (b) driving with passengers and (c) motorway driving until a suite of driving tests and examinations have been passed over a period of years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 7 May, the Secretary of State launched the 'Learning to Drive' consultation, which sets out our proposals for the reform of driver training and testing. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. Our proposed approach is one based on education and incentivisation, rather than restriction. We believe the evidence supports this approach. However, we are keen to hear everybody's views, and our consultation seeks opinions about our general approach as well as specific measures.

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