A new plan will be put to the New South Wales government that will allow police to confiscate cars from P-platers for three months if they are caught driving more than 20km/h over the speed limit.
The proposal follows five serious P-plater accidents in as many days, one of which resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Bondi girl.
It has already gained the support of Superintendent John Hartley, head of the police traffic command in New South Wales.
Mr Hartley has already discussed the plan with the Roads and Traffic Authority, arguing that a curfew and passenger restrictions introduced in 2006 for provisional drivers wasn’t enough.
This latest development aimed at reducing the death toll of young drivers on our roads is yet another hit-and-miss campaign which relies upon consequences rather than action.
It seems the only way officials can envisage safer roads for our younger drivers is by keeping them off it – hardly the makings of more competent and experienced future road users.
Meanwhile vital driver training centres continue to operate without any form of substantial government support, with our new drivers instead proving their worth at parallel parking before being allowed behind the wheel solo.