New Zealand increases driving age

Teenagers in New Zealand will now have to wait until they turn 16 before they can get behind the wheel, under a new law introduced by the country's government.

The law, which came into force on August 1, is aimed at reducing the number of accidents involving young motorists on New Zealand's roads.

The previous minimum driving age in New Zealand was 15.

Although only 15% of motorists in New Zealand are aged under 25, they are involved in over a third (35%) of accidents that cause serious injuries, according to transport minister Steven Joyce.

Under another law, which will come into force in the country next week, it will be an offence for under 20s to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

The country's law allows people aged 18 and older to consume alcohol.

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