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Already A Bill To Lift Driving Age - Dunne

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Peter Dunne
Peter Dunne

Wellington, Nov 15 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne said his bill to raise the driving age was already before a select committee and the Government should use it.

The Government was reported yesterday to be looking at raising the minimum driving age and lengthening the time it takes to get a full licence.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce said that young people, aged 15-24, were over-represented in crash and fatality statistics.

He wanted to take a proposal to Cabinet early next year, The Dominion Post reported.

The options would look at raising the driving age from 15 to 16 or 17 and extending the minimum time spent driving under learner restrictions to a year.

However, Mr Dunne said his bill, introduced in 2007, was already before the Transport Select Committee and would prevent the Government having to "reinvent the wheel".

"Essentially, it's there for them.

"The Government could proceed with the Bill now, rather than embarking on a fresh round of consultation," he said.

The existing bill would raise the starting age for getting a driver licence to 16, and 18-and-a-half for a full licence.

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