Raise the driving age to 21?

Raise the driving age to 21?

Of course, I can say this because I’m over 21, but I’m inclined to agree with the UK House of Commons Transport Committee. They’ve recommended a rise in minimum age to 18 to cut deaths on the road. Figures from 2005 show that there were 19.2 deaths for every 100,000 motorists aged 17 to 21, a worrying rise of 55% compared to 1992. And in NZ we have a ridiculous 15! Some kids haven’t gone through puberty at that age, and they definitely wouldn’t be adept enough to text and drive at the same time like an 18-year-old would.

But that’s not all: according to the latest research by Motorpoint, the UK’s largest car supermarket, 66% of respondents to a poll on the company’s website think that increasing the age by only one year would not have enough of an impact, and that in fact it should rise by four years to 21. Of course, there’s probably a huge margin of error, but they don’t state what. This wouldn’t work in NZ because of our rubbish public transport system, but it could reduce obesity because the chubby ones would find they’d have to walk or bike places. There you go: a double-whammy. Cut obesity, reduce deaths on the road.

70% of 17-year olds in the UK now drive themselves to work, but a new legal minimum age of 18 in the UK, would both fall in line with other European states and help alleviate the growing concern that every year 50,000 of them now pass their driving test with less than six months’ driving experience, according to the Association of British Insurers, which is equally reflected by the results from the Motorpoint poll.

Of course, I can say this because I’m over 21, but I’m inclined to agree with the UK House of Commons Transport Committee. They’ve recommended a rise in minimum age to 18 to cut deaths on the road. Figures from 2005 show that there were 19.2 deaths for every 100,000 motorists aged 17 to 21, a worrying rise of 55% compared to 1992. And in NZ we have a ridiculous 15! Some kids haven’t gone through puberty at that age, and they definitely wouldn’t be adept enough to text and drive at the same time like an 18-year-old would.

But that’s not all: according to the latest research by Motorpoint, the UK’s largest car supermarket, 66% of respondents to a poll on the company’s website think that increasing the age by only one year would not have enough of an impact, and that in fact it should rise by four years to 21. Of course, there’s probably a huge margin of error, but they don’t state what. This wouldn’t work in NZ because of our rubbish public transport system, but it could reduce obesity because the chubby ones would find they’d have to walk or bike places. There you go: a double-whammy. Cut obesity, reduce deaths on the road.

70% of 17-year olds in the UK now drive themselves to work, but a new legal minimum age of 18 in the UK, would both fall in line with other European states and help alleviate the growing concern that every year 50,000 of them now pass their driving test with less than six months’ driving experience, according to the Association of British Insurers, which is equally reflected by the results from the Motorpoint poll.

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