RAGE ON ROADS: Novice drivers may be prevented from using high-powered vehicles to try to cut the road toll
RAGE ON ROADS: Novice drivers may be prevented from using high-powered vehicles to try to cut the road toll

Public gets a say on new measures

By AAP and ADAM HICKS

NORTHERN RIVERS residents are being encouraged to have their say in The Great P-Plate Debate.

The State Government yesterday called for community response to a discussion paper containing 11 new measures designed to reduce the death toll of young drivers.

Banning P-platers from driving high-powered vehicles is one suggestion.

Imposing a limit of one passenger is another.

In its keenly-awaited discussion paper, the Government also proposed doubling to 100 the number of supervised driving hours L-platers must complete.

And they would have to drive supervised for at least a year, compared with the current six months.

The Minister for Roads, Carl Scully, said in a statement: "While no decisions have been taken yet I am considering a limit on the number of passengers a novice driver may carry, and restricting novice drivers from driving high-powered vehicles."

He said exemptions would apply in 'limited circumstances', but urged people to comment on the passenger restriction and high-powered vehicle ban within two weeks.

"I believe it is important to give these two issues prompt, but careful, consideration following the recent tragedies involving novice drivers in high-powered cars with multiple passengers," he said.

Mr Scully said he would accept comments on the 20page paper from the public officially until February 28, but would implement some measures earlier if a 'clear consensus' emerged.

Opposition Roads spokesman Don Page said he supported the improved education of young drivers, but raised concerns about the practicality of the curfew and high-powered vehicle proposals.

He said some young drivers would still need to work late and may only have access to the one family or work high-powered vehicle.

"Some of the practical aspects need to be tough," he said.

Access and comment on the discussion paper at www.youngdrivers.com.au.

The paper will also soon be available at RTA outlets.

Public gets a say

on new measuresBy AAP and ADAM HICKS

NORTHERN RIVERS residents are being encouraged to have their say in The Great P-Plate Debate.

The State Government yesterday called for community response to a discussion paper containing 11 new measures designed to reduce the death toll of young drivers.

Banning P-platers from driving high-powered vehicles is one suggestion.

Imposing a limit of one passenger is another.

In its keenly-awaited discussion paper, the Government also proposed doubling to 100 the number of supervised driving hours L-platers must complete.

And they would have to drive supervised for at least a year, compared with the current six months.

The Minister for Roads, Carl Scully, said in a statement: "While no decisions have been taken yet I am considering a limit on the number of passengers a novice driver may carry, and restricting novice drivers from driving high-powered vehicles."

He said exemptions would apply in 'limited circumstances', but urged people to comment on the passenger restriction and high-powered vehicle ban within two weeks.

"I believe it is important to give these two issues prompt, but careful, consideration following the recent tragedies involving novice drivers in high-powered cars with multiple passengers," he said.

Mr Scully said he would accept comments on the 20page paper from the public officially until February 28, but would implement some measures earlier if a 'clear consensus' emerged.

Opposition Roads spokesman Don Page said he supported the improved education of young drivers, but raised concerns about the practicality of the curfew and high-powered vehicle proposals.

He said some young drivers would still need to work late and may only have access to the one family or work high-powered vehicle.

"Some of the practical aspects need to be tough," he said.

Access and comment on the discussion paper at www.youngdrivers.com.au.

The paper will also soon be available at RTA outlets.



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