Drivers in England will be banned from ferrying passengers under strict new law

Some drivers will be banned from carrying passengers in cars under strict new driving licence laws. Drivers and motorists in England could be banned from ferrying passengers in vehicles as part of a 'graduated' driving licence proposal which aims at curbing young motorists' deaths.

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (New Drivers) Bill proposes placing restrictions on newly qualified drivers for the first six months immediately after they pass their test. Ross Moorlock, CEO of Brake, said: "We strongly urge other MPs across the House to support this Bill and ensure that we implement the right measures to safeguard those looking to pass their test in the future and make our roads safer for all."

MP for Batley and Spen, Kim Leadbeater, who brought the Bill, said: “As well as restrictions on the number of passengers in the car and on night-time driving, with exemptions, obviously, for work, medical and emergency reasons.

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“Additional options to consider are the inclusion of rural roads, motorways or dual carriageways as part of the driving test. A requirement during driving lessons that a driver gains experience on different road conditions, and consideration of the engine sizes new drivers are permitted to drive within the first few months of passing their tests.”

Responding, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Standards Nicholas Lyes said: "Evidence from around the world shows that graduated driver licensing saves lives and reduces injuries where it has been introduced. In 2022, more than 300 people in Britain lost their lives following a collision involving a younger car driver and more than 4,500 suffered serious injuries.

"These are appalling figures and the time has come to urgently take action to stop more needless deaths on our roads. This is why we support a form of graduated driver licensing and why we encourage MPs and politicians from all parties to back this Bill, save lives and make today's youngsters safer drivers of tomorrow."