'Young drivers will be banned from driving at night under government plans to cut road deaths.
The Department for Transport is considering introducing a 'graduated licence' system that would place restrictions on rookie drivers.
Young motorists would be placed under an overnight curfew or forced to drive under supervision during darkness hours.
The Government will also consider restricting the number of young passengers that drivers can carry, limiting car engine sizes and implementing a minimum 'learning period' that drivers must observe before taking a test.
The limits would likely last for between six months and two years, The Times reported, and are reportedly backed by both the AA and RAC Foundation.
The extreme new measures could apply to all new drivers, regardless of age, although other countries where similar rules are in place - such as New Zealand, Sweden and some parts of the United States and Canada - have focused the restrictions on drivers aged 25 and under.
In New York, unsupervised driving at night is only permitted for those commuting to and from work, whereas in California there are restrictions imposed between 11pm to 5am.
The announcement comes as part of a new government road safety action plan, which will be delivered tomorrow amid concerns that young drivers are involved in a disproportionately high number of crashes.
Drivers aged 17 to 24 comprise roughly 7 per cent of licence holders yet are involved in a quarter of crashes which lead to death or serious injury, research has shown.
Young men are an especially high-risk group - and are four times more likely than women to be killed or seriously injured.'
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