Driving age could be lowered despite opposition
The government looks set to push through a lowering of the driving age, despite opposition from safety groups.
In a last-minute push by the transport minister, Doris Leuthard, wants to lower the age teenagers will be able to apply for a provisional licence to 17. The licence will allow young people to drive while accompanied.
The current age is 18.
Reports suggest Leuthard has been lobbying senators to approve the changes.
Learners will not be able to pass their test until 18 – and new rules due to come into force next year mean new drivers will have to have a provisional licence for a year before being able to take the test.
Leuthard argues then young people should be able to apply earlier.