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Cabinet approves amendments to rules for younger and older drivers

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The cabinet on Wednesday approved the granting of learner driving licences at the age of 17 instead of 17.5 under existing legislation to allow them an extra six months to learn before getting a full licence.

The aim is to help trainee drivers acquire more experience and further practice “in low-risk conditions before obtaining a full driving licence”. Full licences are granted to people over 18 after they successfully pass the relevant tests.

Also, the cabinet approved, for accident prevention purposes, that it would be mandatory for drivers aged 76 and over to present a health certificate with the application for renewal of their licence.

The cabinet also decided to exempt vehicles owned or operated by people with disabilities from road tax.

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