Time Limit Set for Learners on Restricted Licence
August 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM
Recently, the Wairarapa Times-Age published an interesting article regarding changes that have been made to New Zealand’s Graduated Licensing System for drivers: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11307012.
It has been announced that a time limit is going to be imposed on the learner licence so that if the holder of that licence does not upgrade in five years they will lose their licence. Michael Woodhouse, the Associate Minister of Transport stated that the changes were aimed at safety improvement.
Ernst Zollner, the Transport Agency Road Safety Director stated that the newly introduced time limit will encourage novice drivers to progress to the full licence in a reasonable amount of time. Zollner said that drivers remaining at one licensing stage indefinitely are not showing that they have gained the competence or the skills to drive safely.
He went on to say that those who held a learner or restricted licence for an extended time were committing many offenses for breaching the conditions of those licences. Other changes include raising the minimum age for licensing from 15 to 16 and introducing a zero alcohol limit for teen drivers. ......this has already happened.
This is fantastic news. The Graduated Drivers License is a very good system, but without a time limit on each part of the system, it leaves it open for people not to progress onto the next level.
This change was well overdue and should have been introduced at the same time the GDLS system was introduced.