Young drivers in England could be banned from driving at night under plans for a graduated licence system.

The idea comes after figures showing that a fifth of young drivers are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.

As well as not driving at night, restrictions could include a minimum learning period and not driving with passengers under a certain age.

There are already graduated driver licensing systems in parts of the US, Canada and Australia, but Britain had steered clear of the idea over concerns they would restrict access to education and employment for young people.

Currently a young driver can lose their licence if they get six penalty points within the first two years of driving but there are no restrictions on driving time or passengers.

Road safety minister Michael Ellis said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

“Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.

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