The Herald reports:
The minimum legal driving age could yet rise to 17, after the Government moved yesterday to have it raised from from 15 to 16 by the middle of next year.
The Cabinet yesterday approved the rise to 16, which is part of the Government’s 2010-20 Safer Journeys project.
The project also includes encouraging 120 hours of supervised driving for a restricted licence; learner drivers now do about 50 hours.
Young drivers could also face restrictions on how powerful their cars can be, and tougher penalties for breaching restricted licence conditions.
I think the move to 16 is sound, especially as the school leaving age is no longer 15. It also is more consistent with the general regime we have that young NZers get a partial set of rights at 16 (sex, driving, marriage with parental consent etc) and get most of their full rights at 18 (voting, drinking etc).
The 120 hours of supervised driving to get a restricted is sensible also.