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    Young drivers could lose their cars
    By ADAM RAY - The Dominion Post | Wednesday, 25 April 2007

    Young motorists who flout their licence conditions could be forced to start driver training again or even lose their cars, under Government moves to reduce crashes involving teenagers.

    Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven said officials were looking at a range of measures, including harsher penalties and impounding cars.

    Drivers aged between 15 and 19 are seven times more likely to crash than those aged between 45 and 49, and 151 people aged under 25 have died in crashes in the past 12 months, figures show.

    "The facts are sobering. Young people in New Zealand continue to be over-represented in the road toll," Mr Duynhoven said.

    While most young drivers followed the rules of the graduated driver licence system, there were too many drivers who flouted them and ignored the $400 fine for such breaches.

    Harsher penalties such as suspending licences or seizing cars, as well as education and advertising, were being considered by transport officials, Mr Duynhoven told an Australasian College of Road Safety forum yesterday.

    "We haven't got any single magic bullet to change the behaviour of young people."

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    Why oh why can't they put up the age limit for learners?

    That is the one thing I particularly dislike about New Zealand - kids being able to drive at 15. It is ludicrous. There are parents everywhere allowing kids on the road who cannot take responsibility for their actions.

    It is not fair on other road users, not fair on the kids themselves, and not fair on the parent who has to sit next to their 15yo learner driver!
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