New rules put driver off the road

STRICT new laws clamping down on young drivers are set to force 20-year-old Ipswich man Damien Driver off the road.

STRICT new laws clamping down on young drivers are set to force 20-year-old Ipswich man Damien Driver off the road.

Driver, of Larchcroft Road, in the Crofts, admitted driving at 37mph in a 30mph limit in West End Road on June 1.

He was punished with three penalty points - which were added to three he already had on his licence after he was earlier caught driving with defective tyres.

He was also fined £60 and ordered to pay £43 costs and £15 compensation.


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Because he only passed his driving test in October 2005, Driver was warned that when his driving licence is returned with his endorsements on it, it will only be a provisional licence and he will have to re-take his test.

Over the last two months, 12 recently-qualified drivers have had their full licences revoked by South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after totting up six penalty points within two years of passing their test.

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The New Drivers' Act became law on 1 June 1997 and says drivers who builds up six penalty points within two years of passing their driving test have to forfeit their full licence and revert to a provisional licence.

They have to go back to using L plates and cannot drive a car unaccompanied. They then have to take both the theory and practical driving test again.

Nationally, since the law was changed more than 140,000 recently-qualified drivers have lost their full licence under the provisions.

N Is it right to force new drivers to re-sit their test after two offences? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

N See page 10 for reporter's Paul Geater's view.

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