Dutch driving age drops to 17
The driving age limit in the Netherlands is set to drop to from 18 to 17 in November. Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen got the green light to go ahead with the plan from the cabinet on Wednesday.
In the experiment dubbed ‘2toDrive’, young people will be able to take the driving theory exam when they’re 16. They will be allowed to take driving lessons from age 16½ and take the practical test at 17.
If they pass, they’ll be allowed on the road, but only with an accompanying driver in the passenger seat carrying a special permit specifying a maximum of five people the young driver has nominated as his or her coaches.
Young people are responsible for 20 percent of serious traffic accidents in the Netherlands, according to the Institute for Road Safety Research. The co-driver experiment aims at cutting the number of road deaths. A similar scheme in Germany showed that young people who had gained driving experience with a coach were involved in fewer accidents and committed fewer traffic offences.
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