P-plate curbs don?t go far enough, say MPs

By RENEE REDMOND

WHEN it comes to the subject of high-powered cars, Kyle Hughes believes it's not how much power you've got, it's how you handle it.

The 19-year-old Lismore P-plater said that, although he didn't drive a high-powered car himself, he was disappointed with the decision of NSW Roads Minister Michael Costa to ban all P-platers from driving high-powered cars.

On Tuesday, Mr Costa announced a number of changes for P-platers, which included a ban on cars with eight or more cylinders, or vehicles with performance modified, turbocharged or supercharged engines.

"Most of my mates have high-powered cars and I think they're pretty sensible," he said.

"Having a V8 is making a statement. They look good and sound good."

Member for Ballina, Don Page, said the new rules went only part of the way in reducing the death toll of P-platers.

"It's not a complete answer. I'm supportive of not allowing Pplate drivers to drive supercharged vehicles, but they're still not addressing the driver education issue," he said.

"Driver education at school might help change the attitudes of some young people."

Mr Page said he was concerned the one-passenger limit for P-platers who had been disqualified would see more young drivers on the roads.

"If you don't allow passengers to travel together you'll end up with more young drivers on the road," he said.

Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said he would also like to see compulsory driver education introduced in schools.

"I have no disagreement with their decisions, as long as co mon sense prevails," he said.



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