Experts? mixed reaction
BRIAN Kennedy from the Coffs Harbour Driving school has been teaching young people the rules of the road for 36 years, even working with drivers back in the days when police conducted licence tests.
"The restrictions on formal driving training are always changing, and although some of the points this week are good I don't agree with all of them," Mr Kennedy said.
"I don't think restricting L-plate drivers to 12 months and making them wait until they are 18 years to have a licence is necessary."
Mr Kennedy agrees young drivers should be restricted from high-powered vehicles, with the exception of those who live on a farm and have to drive heavier vehicles.
"The problems with this is psychological. Cars are sometimes viewed as entertaining but they are for transport, young drivers should not have high-powered cars until they are experienced."
Ross Hunter, 18, of Woolgoolga, disagrees saying the type of car someone drives should be an individual choice.
"I'm on my P-plates and I don't drive a high-powered vehicle but just because I have only had my licence for a short time doesn't mean I am a bad driver," Ross said.
If night driving restrictions came into force Ross said he could be forced out of work if he didn't receive an exemption.
"I have two jobs, one in Coffs Harbour and one in Grafton," he said.
"I have to drive to Coffs Harbour at night and sometimes I don't finish until 11.30pm."
Tony Creer, from the Coffs Harbour and District Car Club, said it was important to teach young people about driving early, and within his club those aged just 12 years could take part in some events.
"For young people it is appealing to 'hoon', it is in their nature but with us they can learn responsibility," Mr Creer said.
"We promote safe driving and by the time we have been bashing it out in a paddock with either a motorkhana or khanacross you have had enough of driving crazy, anyway."
Mr Creer said with small cars today people don't even realise how fast they were going and restricting young drivers to smaller cars would not change the effects of an accident.
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