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Proposed driving curfew would restrict young people in rural areas

January 8, 2013 11:32 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson, Tavish Scott MSP, has criticised an SNP proposal for 17 to 25 year olds to be subject to a driving curfew from 11pm to 4am every day. The proposal would also prevent young drivers from carrying passengers in their vehicle.

Liberal Youth Scotland has condemned the plans on the basis such a move makes the presumption that all young people are inherently bad drivers.

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

"These proposals would mean any semblance of social life for young people in rural areas would be greatly restricted. Once you pass a driving test, irrespective of age, you are judged competent to drive and with younger drivers the insurance market also adds to the cost by assessing risk to be greater.

"I do not support this proposal."