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Baldock: harden up no-passengers rule

Tuesday, 2 August 2005

Baldock: harden up no-passengers rule

Restricted drivers caught driving with passengers not entitled to be in the car with them should have their licences cancelled and be banned for 12 months then have to start the whole licencing process again, United Future transport spokesman Larry Baldock said today.

He said Friday night's horrific crash in Hastings that claimed the lives of four teenagers was just the latest such tragedy involving groups of young people and excessive speed.

"There is a real factor of showing off and egging each other on that often goes on with young men, in particular.

"The rules on restricted licences are already very clear in terms of not carrying passengers. There are exceptions, but a bunch of mates is not one of them.

"Better enforcement of these rules and losing your licence rather than getting a ticket would be an effective place to start," Mr Baldock said.

He said he would be open to a review of the driving age as part of a more comprehensive review of road safety issues.


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