FAQ's About Cars
Here you will find the answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions about Cars. Click on the relevant question to obtain the answer.
- Question What is Graduated Driver Licensing?
Answer 1 Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)
Graduated licensing aims to provide a staged progression for new drivers from initial learning through various restricted stages to unrestricted solo driving. The general aim of GDL programmes is to:
- increase or improve training through supervised practice;
- reduce risk by reducing exposure and increase the supervisory element, both without reducing or preventing experience being gained; and
- delay full licensing while the person matures.
Graduated licensing can include a number of elements, such as:
- stiffer penalties for new drivers who commit offences;
- restrictions on new drivers, including
- road types;
- speed limits;
- night-time curfews;
- passenger types;
- zero alcohol levels;
- additional training/supervision periods;
- requirements for a collision/conviction-free period before full licensing;
- staged testing;
- and staged learning.
Northern Ireland driving regulations contain some elements of GDL including:
- display of R (restricted) plates for a year after passing the driving test;
- a 45mph restriction on R (and L) drivers, limiting their exposure to higher speeds; and
- more severe penalties for newly qualified drivers committing traffic offences. New full licence holders who receive 6 or more penalty points within the first two years of passing the driving test have to surrender their licences and re-sit both tests (theory and practical).