'Concern' over minimum driving age

'Concern' over minimum driving age

The minimum driving age is a cause for concern for many drivers, according to a new study.

A total of 35% of drivers think the minimum age should be increased, with 40% even saying the starting point should be at age 21.

British Car Auctions also found that 40% of people feel a reduction in the accident rate would be one outcome of bringing up the age. A similar percentage believe that training should not end after the driving test, with some saying that regular refresher sessions should be compulsory. More than half (52%) want retests every decade.

Another possibility is thatcar insurance premiums may drop, with 17-21-year-olds being stopped from taking control of cars.

Tim Naylor of the BCA said that while a third of drivers are concerned about young people on the roads - allied to a general feeling that road accidents would be reduced if the minimum age was raised - 58% of drivers feel that the current age limit is fine as it is.

"Overall, this underlines there is plenty of room for debate on this topic," he added.

Copyright Press Association 2014