100,000 Dutch 17-year-olds have passed their driving test

Wheel of carIn total, 100,000 Dutch 17-year-olds have obtained their driving licence under a scheme to improve youngsters’ driving skills, the national driving licence body CBR said on Tuesday.

The 2toDrive scheme allows teenagers to start lessons at 16 and take the test as soon as they turn 17. They can then drive with a designated coach until they turn 18 and get a full licence.

The trial began in 2011 after experiments in Germany showed a sharp reduction in accidents involving new drivers.

In the Netherlands, learner drivers have to take lessons from an authorised driving school rather than friends or family.

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