Reports of the UK government planning to introduce a graduated licensing scheme for new drivers appear to have been overstated, according to the Driving Instructors Association (DIA). The scheme would have prevented new drivers from carrying passengers in their first six months of independent driving.
Media outlets, including television news channels, reported on the supposed plans earlier this week, citing unnamed sources.
Read an example of one report here.
At a road safety forum attended by the DIA later in the week, stakeholders were informed that no such announcement on graduated licensing was imminent, and that any future developments would be discussed with stakeholders first.
It is believed that some road safety campaigners were behind the story, possibly hoping to encourage the government to introduce the measures sooner rather than later. Reports had suggested that the new scheme would be announced as soon as May, but this now appears unlikely.