14 yr old driver

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In news today there was a news spot about a 14 yr old driver of a Saab was pulled for driving and towing a caravan, he also had 3 passengers none of which could also drive, he got a £20 fine and that was it, I’m sure the driver would not dare to drive again, £20 is not much of a scare is it.

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I started driving on rural public roads when I was 14 and then on main highways at age 16 travelling hundreds of miles sometimes. Every day when I left our holiday cottage I had to drive past a traffic police car who was stationed there for speedsters. I got my learner's licence the day I turned 18 and 30 days later my full driving licence. Never had an issue, but this was not in the UK. This was back in the sixties. :)
 
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The report in a Swindon paper never said anything about whose caravan it was. The £20 wasn’t a fine it was a surcharge and there were no costs as he had no visible means. But surely a community order could have been issued.
 
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i started driving off road when i was at boarding school and met a school chum his dad was a driving instructor he use to give a few basic tips in this old mini and when i was 17 passed my test with flying colours . However, times change and the roads are busier and to say this "child" only received minimal charge then this is far from being a deterrent for his next escapade which could well involve more damage both to vehicles and human life.
 
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I was not aware that one could apply for a provisional driving licence at age 15years and 9 months and can drive a motor vehicle on public roads providing you have a qualified driver with you. Learn something new every day. Grandson has another 2 months before he can apply.
 
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I was not aware that one could apply for a provisional driving licence at age 15years and 9 months and can drive a motor vehicle on public roads providing you have a qualified driver with you. Learn something new every day. Grandson has another 2 months before he can apply.
I was under the impression that the applying at 15 years and 9 months is to allow you to ride mopeds at 16, not drive a car. At 16 you can drive a car if you qualify for the enhanced rate of mobility under PIP, which I guess is pretty rare and it is 17 for everyone else.
 
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My brother bought a Ford Popular 103e fot £5 on his way home from the pub. At 15 I could easily get in and hot wire it. I would drive through the Liverpool backstreets crossing some major roads for about 3 miles to a mates house. I can remember doing this a few times. So naughty.

I started proper lessons as soon as I could. The instructor asked if I had driven before. I told him of my experience so he directed me straight onto the ring road full of football traffic for a night game. I later passed my test first time in driving hailstone giving hand signals.

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The report in a Swindon paper never said anything about whose caravan it was. The £20 wasn’t a fine it was a surcharge and there were no costs as he had no visible means. But surely a community order could have been issued.
Reading the report, he was from County Clare so wasn't a UK citizen.
 

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In news today there was a news spot about a 14 yr old driver of a Saab was pulled for driving and towing a caravan, he also had 3 passengers none of which could also drive, he got a £20 fine and that was it, I’m sure the driver would not dare to drive again, £20 is not much of a scare is it.

BP
Probably driving and towing better than some adults.
Mel
 
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The problem is that a 14 year old may not have even £20 so what do you do with him. Jail seems a bit over the top.
 
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My brother bought a Ford Popular 103e fot £5 on his way home from the pub. At 15 I could easily get in and hot wire it. I would drive through the Liverpool backstreets crossing some major roads for about 3 miles to a mates house. I can remember doing this a few times. So naughty.

I started proper lessons as soon as I could. The instructor asked if I had driven before. I told him of my experience so he directed me straight onto the ring road full of football traffic for a night game. I later passed my test first time in driving hailstone giving hand signals.

John
My dad bought me one of those when I was 13. We had a petrol station that was next to a disused quarry near Durham. I ragged it to death for about a year then got a Morris 1000, which also got murdered. I had 4 or 5 cars before I was 17 but never drove them on the road.
I had 6 driving lessons before my test which were necessary to 'get rid of the bad habits of an experienced driver' according to the instructor.
Early 70's.

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My dad bought me one of those when I was 13. We had a petrol station that was next to a disused quarry near Durham. I ragged it to death for about a year then got a Morris 1000, which also got murdered. I had 4 or 5 cars before I was 17 but never drove them on the road.
I had 6 driving lessons before my test which were necessary to 'get rid of the bad habits of an experienced driver' according to the instructor.
Early 70's.

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Ah The eternal pink slip👍
 

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