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Night driving ban and only 90 km/h: EU driving licence plans hit a group particularly hard

2023-09-27T03:04:24.223Z

Highlights: Night driving ban and only 90 km/h: EU driving licence plans hit a group particularly hard. EU justifies new regulations on driving licences by saying that novice drivers are risk-averse. Seniors may therefore have to undergo regular driving fitness tests in the future. The Commission wants to introduce a new driving licence class B+ for heavy cars weighing 1.8 tonnes or more. Drivers who want to drive SUVs or e-cars, which are often heavier than other cars, must obtain an additional license.



Status: 27.09.2023, 04:46 a.m.

By: Teresa Toth

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Because they are more likely to contribute to traffic accidents, novice drivers must expect stricter driving licence rules. The EU is discussing several innovations.

Munich – There are some special regulations for novice drivers. During the two-year probationary period, for example, drink-driving is absolutely taboo. If the speed limit is exceeded too often, the driver's license will also be confiscated. Now the EU is planning further regulations that would restrict novice drivers much more. Seniors would also be affected by the driver's license changes.

New driving licence guidelines to reduce the number of traffic fatalities

Already at the beginning of 2023 there was a major change in the driver's license. Many drivers have to exchange their paper driver's license for a credit card. In order to increase road safety, the responsible Commission of the EU Parliament is now debating further innovations. The background to this is the "Vision Zero" security strategy.

The strategy pursues the goal of reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities in road traffic to zero, as the German Road Safety Council explains. According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destasis), 2022 people died in traffic accidents in Germany alone in 2788. The number of injured amounted to 361,134 people.

EU justifies new regulations on driving licences by saying that novice drivers are risk-averse

Therefore, the EU is targeting those whose risk of accidents is potentially increased. Seniors may therefore have to undergo regular driving fitness tests in the future. Even novice drivers are not spared from the stricter regulations. As the Commission explains, they are "generally less risk-averse and statistically more likely to be involved in road accidents and fatal road accidents". In order to counteract this, the Commission believes that restrictions are necessary.

With the amendment of the driving licence guidelines, novice drivers could face some new rules. © Frank Sorge/imago

Among other things, a separate speed limit outside built-up areas is being discussed: novice drivers, for example, would only be allowed to drive a maximum of 90 km/h on motorways – and thus not much faster than trucks. In addition, the Commission is trying to enforce the possibility of night driving bans. "Member States may lay down special rules for novice drivers to restrict driving at night, from midnight to 6:00 a.m.," the draft report states.

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All planned restrictions for novice drivers at a glance

  • Speed limits for novice driversout of town
  • Possibility to impose a ban on night driving, approximately from 12 noon at night to 06 a.m.
  • A uniform minimum age for issuing a driving licence
  • New driving licence category "B+"

There are also plans for a uniform minimum age for issuing driving licences. This is intended to ensure that stricter rules for novice drivers can be implemented more easily within the EU. The Commission wants to introduce a new driving licence class B+ for heavy cars weighing 1.8 tonnes or more. Drivers who want to drive SUVs or e-cars, which are often heavier than other cars, must therefore obtain an additional license – but this should only be possible from the age of 21.

So far, the changes are only proposals. The draft must be discussed in parliament, after which the member states decide on its implementation into national law. While there is fierce criticism from politicians, a large proportion of Germans are at least in favour of the introduction of driving fitness tests. (tt)

Source: merkur

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