Youth road safety sought by Highland MSP

Highland MSP David Stewart is to meet with the UK government to consider his proposals regarding restricted driving licences for young people. His idea has already won encouragement and support from his own government in Scotland. Now it is hoped the UK government will feel the same.

His proposals suggest a new licensing system whereby licences are given on a graduating scale rather than all being alike. He believes this could lead to fewer accidents occurring among younger drivers who have only just passed their driving tests.

Mr Stewart has also launched a voluntary version of his suggested licence in Scotland. The launch was in Inverness and he hopes many young people and their parents will like and adopt the idea. According to reports, Mr Stewart has highlighted many instances of young drivers being involved in accidents in the Highlands.

He wishes to try and reduce this as much as possible, hence the idea for graded licence. The roads are particularly challenging in the Highlands and for new drivers in particular they can be even more dangerous if they do not take proper care. The agreement takes a step in the right direction to encourage young drivers to be more responsible.

Could the restricted driving licences actually come into force?

It remains to be seen if the licences are agreed to be a good idea when Mr Stewart meets with the UK government. No doubt discussions will take place to consider the idea on its merits.

It would certainly seem to be a great way to encourage and enhance youth road safety in many ways. This does not simply apply to those living in the Highlands of Scotland but to everyone living across the whole of the UK. Safer drivers mean safer roads for all of us.

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