Rob Wells believes the P-plater restrictions recommended by the NSW Young Drivers Advisory Panel this week do not go far enough, but says at least its a step in the right direction.
The Goonellabah father, whose son Bryce died in a car crash near Broken Head in October last year, attended a meeting of the Young Drivers Advisory Panel in Sydney on Tuesday.
The panels recommendations were passed by the NSW Government yesterday. They include: Restricting red P-plate drivers to only one passenger aged 17-21 after 11pm and before 5am; a total ban on hands-free mobile phones while driving including bluetooth ear pieces; licence suspension for L and P-platers caught speeding; and a provision that P-plates must be displayed on the outside of vehicles for clear visibility. The panel also recommended that the NSW Government increase the number of driver education seminars for parents of young drivers .
Its not exactly what I wanted, but its a start, said Rob, who wanted a night driving restriction so no P-plater could drive between 11pm and 5am.
Yesterday, after the recommendations were passed, NRMA Motoring & Services and the NSW Commission for Children & Young People expressed concerns about restricting red P-platers to only one passenger after 11pm. They say its a flawed policy, undermining years of hard work pushing the designated driver scheme, and want a full review in 18 months time.
It (the policy) will mean many young people will have no means of getting home from social events, work or study after 11pm, said NRMA Motoring & Services president, Alan Evans. With this policy a group of friends will be banned from going to the movies together if the movie doesnt finish before 11pm it simply wont work. It will also hurt young people in outer urban and regional areas the most because public transport is almost non-existent in those areas. We know that many young people in those areas try to travel together because petrol prices are so high.
The new restrictions will most likely come into force in July.
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