18 Oct 2012

Unlicenced drivers a New Caledonia concern

5:12 pm on 18 October 2012

There is concern in New Caledonia at the large number of fatal accidents caused by drivers without a licence.

The Road Safety Authority says in 24 percent of fatal accidents this year, the driver was found to have no licence, a figure which only slightly lower than in preceding years.

According to local media reports, the Accident Prevention Association attributes the problem to cultural issues, the cost and limited access to driver training, in particular in rural areas.

In the Loyalty Islands, only seven percent of candidates last year passed the road code test.