16 Apr 2010

Rural community accepts rise in driving age

8:35 am on 16 April 2010

Sections of the rural community say a Government decision to increase the driving age from 15 to 16 will affect them, but they have to accept it.

Young people now have to be 16 before they can drive under measures aimed at improving their safety, a major focus of this decade's road safety strategy.

The change will mean some parents in rural communities will have to drive their children long distances to school and events for an extra year because of a lack of public transport

Waikato farmer Phillip White says that while it might make it difficult for some rural families, too many young people are being killed on the roads.

The change will also make the restricted driving test harder.