Roads minister Baroness Vere has said that the Department for Transport is not progressing work on graduated driving licences (GDLs).
She told MPs that this is partly due to the potential impact of restrictions on young people’s employment.
Instead the focus will be on a new curriculum to teach learners how to deal with a range of road and weather conditions. This was due to begin trials in January.
Learners will be taught how to drive in the dark and while distracted. A logbook in which learners document their driving may also be introduced.
The logbook would need to include evidence of a learner having driven in rain and different types of roads in order to pass.
The new system is designed to reduce the number of serious accidents involving young and novice drivers.
Drivers aged 25 and under make up around 7% of licence holders yet cause 16% of serious and fatal crashes.
Speaking to the Transport Committee, Baroness Vere said: “What will happen is that there will be various modules – one driving in adverse conditions, one driving after dark, one at high speed [and] one of distracted driving.
“It should be a very organised and well-evidenced way of going through the entire undertaking of learning to drive, and it must focus on the areas people find most difficult.”