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The New Drivers Act

The New Drivers Act is legislation that applies to those who have just passed their test and are categorised as new drivers, which in this legal definition refers to the first two years of passing your driving test.

If during this time you get six or more penalty points against your driving licence then you will have your driving licence revoked.

As a result of having the licence revoked, you actually need to reapply for the driving licence and resit your driving test, so it is a pretty severe penalty against those who choose not to obey the rules of the road, and rightly so most would agree.

It is a little known fact that it is possible to accrue penalty points before you actually pass your driving test - but in fact you can.

This act, the New Drivers Act, applies to drivers from countries including GB, NI, European Community etc, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and also Gibraltar.

So in summary it can be seen that the New Drivers Act is actually there to protect new drivers from themselves and to ensure their safety and that of other road users: if you accrue six or more penalty points in the first two years then there is a significant enough risk, the legislators believe, that you are not actually roadsafe and roadworthy, and hence the act.

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Your vehicle catches fire while driving through a tunnel. It is still driveable. What should you do? A) leave it where it is with the engine running B) Pull up, then walk to an emergency telephone point C) Park it away from the carriageway D) drive it out of the tunnel if you can do so

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