Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man plans to raise legal driving age considered

Plans to raise the legal driving age on the Isle of Man are being considered after several fatal crashes involving teenagers, the Manx government said.

The proposals, which have gone out to public consultation, would mean new drivers could not sit their test until the age of 17.

Currently, under Manx law, drivers can get a licence at the age of 16.

The move follows the death of teenagers Lucia Porter, Dosch MacLeod and Brad Campbell in car crashes this year.

Infrastructure minister Phil Gawne said: "There are still significant concerns about the safety of young and novice drivers.

"We want to strike the right balance between making things safer without unduly restricting young people's social freedoms and economic opportunities".

The proposals also include fitting electronic devices to alert police when a 'R' plate driver is speeding.

Drivers could also be banned from driving if they are given penalty points during their 'R' plate period.

The consultation can be completed online until 30 November.

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