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Young drivers push rules

6 out of 7 breach rules

Here is an extract from an interesting article by Simon Collins in the New Zealand Herald May 6, 2016.

Six out of every seven New Zealanders aged 16 to 24 with driver's licences are breaching their licence conditions, an official study has found.

The study by the Auckland Co-Design Lab, run jointly by the Government and Auckland Council, also recommends letting young people use student loans to pay for driving lessons and licence tests to break what has become a social norm of driving without proper licences. It also proposes smartphone apps to help "mentor" young drivers, fast-track licensing for the unemployed, and direct Government funding of driving lessons and licence tests for beneficiaries and low-income earners .

The unusual multi-agency study was based at the Crosspower youth centre in Otara and shocked officials.

The report found that:

• 85 per cent of young drivers aged 16 to 24 breach their learner or restricted licence conditions.

The report also found that 70 per cent of jobs require a driver's licence, but only 23 per cent of 18-24 year old beneficiaries, and 44 per cent of all jobseeker beneficiaries, have a full or restricted licence.

Summary of Driver's licences categories:

• Learner licence: Can drive only with a supervisor who must have had a full licence for at least two years.

• Restricted licence: Can drive and carry close relatives without a supervisor between 5am and 10pm, or with a supervisor any time.

• Full licence: Must have had restricted at least 18 months (or 12 months plus an advanced driving course) and pass test.

The full article can be found on the web:
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