Driving Age Increases from 1 August

» 28/07/2011, Posted by Site Admin

The increase of the driving age from 15 to 16 years will come into force from Monday 1 August.

New minimum ages for obtaining restricted and full licences will also apply. An exemption application process is available for those currently holding a Learner licence as at 1 August 2011 who, when they turn 16, wish to progress to a Restricted licence, if they meet certain conditions.

Young people (15-24 years) make up 14.6 percent of New Zealand's population and 15% of all licensed drivers, but in 2010 they were involved in around 35% of all serious injury crashes. Crashes where young drivers were at fault resulted in 128 deaths and 697 serious injuries last year alone.

Other new measures that aim to make young New Zealanders safer on the roads, include introducing a zero blood alcohol limit for drivers under 20 (from 7 August) and strengthening the restricted license test to encourage more practice (in place February 2012).

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