Restrict L & R plate drivers to less than 1,000 cc capacity vehicles

To install legislation that prevents Learner & R plate drivers from driving vehicles above a specific engine size - suggested 1,000cc / 1 Litre. If implemented this will be simple to manage by the Police as both vehicle size & plates are easily visible. I believe this kind of limitation is already in place for motorcycles so why not other vehicles? I have no suggestion about any punishment I just want to remove the hazard from our roads.

Why the contribution is important

We have a combination of narrow & winding roads around the island that challenge the most experienced drivers along with a high number of high powered / preformance vehicles. I see a substantial number of these high powered vehicles with L & R plates and on several occasions observed erratic driving activity that could easily have been life threatening. There have been a number of young / inexperienced driver deaths on the island over the last few years that I believe would have been reduced if the vehicles were slower and less powerful. I am not aiming this legislation at the teenage fraternity, but at anyone who is starting to drive on our roads.

Look at the Driving Schools vehicles - they are predominantly small hatchbacks with small engines. A learner driver learns and passes the driving test in a "Nissan Micra" and is then immediately able to take the wheel of any type of vehicle - Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar & even a Ferrari.

Let us get cars in line with motorcycles.

Yes, I understand that smaller, slower vehicles can still be driven recklessly but I firmly believe that reducing the power potentail we reduce the danger potential. 

by paullclark on April 12, 2018 at 05:49PM

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  • Posted by Dave April 12, 2018 at 23:02

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  • Posted by manxdan April 13, 2018 at 07:40

    This is a sensible idea. I would also support restrictions similar to those in Queensland, Australia where they have a graduated driving licence system (see here[…]/Young-drivers.aspx ).

    Amongst other things, they have a 'peer restriction' which means that People who have just passed their test and who are under 25 drive on a 'P1' plate which restricts them from carrying passengers under the age of 21 between the hours of 11pm and 2am. As well as this there is a 'zero alcohol' policy for these drivers.

    In fact, looking at the restrictions, it would seem sensible to just import them here!
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