Government wants to reduce driving age limits – The Post

Government wants to reduce driving age limits

Road being paved for 16-year-olds on motorcycles and 17-year-olds in cars

More youngsters heading into traffic (photo: iStock)
April 14th, 2016 8:56 am| by Christian W

The government is looking to reduce the age limit for driving a car with an adult licence holder present from 18 to 17 years of age.

The proposal, which has the support of the rest of the blue bloc parties – and therefore a majority in Parliament – will be discussed in Parliament today.

“The young people gain a lot of experience from drivers who can pass on their knowledge when they are sitting together in specific situations in traffic,” explained Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, Venstre’s spokesperson for transport issues, according to TV2 News.

The idea has been gleaned from Germany, where a similar initiative has reduced the number of accidents among young drivers. It will also improve the mobility of young people living in rural areas.

READ MORE: Speed limit for trailers and caravans to be increased soon

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The blue bloc has also decided to reduce the age limit for driving smaller motorcycles from 18 to 16 and scooters from 16 to 15.

The move aims to streamline Danish legislation with the rest of EU, as in most EU nations it is legal for 16-year-olds to ride smaller motorcycles. However, it would permit 16-year-olds to drive 130 km/h on motorways since there are no discernible speed limitations in place for smaller motorcycles.

There is no doubt that two-wheeled vehicles are the most dangerous, and when you reduce the age limit, it will lead to a greater number of those killed and injured,” Mogens Kjærgaard Møller, the head of the Council for Safe Traffic, told Altinget news.

The government has really put the pedal to metal this week in terms of traffic alterations. Earlier this week the government revealed that owners of trailers and caravans will soon be able to drive at speeds of up to 100 km/h on motorways – an increase from the previous speed limit of 80 km/h.