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Road safety crackdown to target learner drivers

LEARNER drivers are set to be targeted in a massive crackdown which would see them hit with double penalty points for a range of offences.

The new rules, which would affect learner and newly qualified drivers for two years, would see four penalty points instead of two for speeding, using a mobile phone, dangerous overtaking, breaking traffic lights and not wearing a seatbelt.

The plans are part of a new licensing system aiming to cut road deaths among young inexperienced drivers, particularly males aged between 17-24.

They include, a curfew banning them from night driving, a ban on carrying passengers and court orders for alco-locks to be fitted, along with speed recording and tracking devices.

Newly qualified drivers will also have to display new 'R' plates indicating they have restricted licences for two years.