Petition demands power restrictions for new drivers

Published: 20 September 2012

A petition is calling for power restrictions for new car drivers in line with those faced by motorcyclists.

The petition, posted on a government website, says drivers should face similar measures in the interests of equality and road safety.

Riders are currently restricted to 33bhp for two years after passing the standard bike test.

New rules from next year will limit under-19s to 125cc. The minimum age for Direct Access – a single test for an unrestricted bike – will rise from 21 to 24.

The petition says: ‘I propose that new drivers have a cap placed on the size of engine and horse-power they are permitted to drive for a minimum probationary period similar to that found with the motorcycle categories.’

Over 100,000 signatures could lead to a debate in the House of Commons.

Find the petition here.