In a controversial vote this morning, approved by a majority of just one vote, the European Parliament’s transport committee gave the go-ahead for a major change.
More specifically, MEPs supported the European Commission’s demand that in the future, all EU member states, they will be able to issue driving licenses to 17-year-olds to drive heavy goods vehicles in the framework of an “accompanied driving” system.
His position European Transport Safety Council is that the above sentence “it would massively expand the number of teenagers driving trucks – and that would have very negative consequences for road safety.”
Today, only five countries allow teenagers up to the age of 18 to drive trucks: h Finland, the Germany, the Ireland, the Poland and the Spain. Evidence from Finland, Germany and Poland shows that younger truck drivers (18-19 years old) are much more likely to cause an accident.
Overriding the above, the European Transport Safety Council pointed out that the minimum age in the EU for truck drivers should be 21 years – which is the current “recommended” limit.
The European Commission also supported the view allow 16-year-olds to drive cars with electronic speed limitersan idea that originated in Finland.