In Infrastructure Decree 2021 there is a novelty for novice drivers, which modifies a rule that until now was marked by particular rigidity. One of the changes will concern precisely those who have just obtained the driving license B: according to a successful amendment, in the first year of driving any vehicle can be driven, without power limits, as long as the drivers are accompanied by an expert driver.
According to article 117 paragraph 2-bis of the Highway Code, “holders of category B driving licenses, for the first year from issue, are not allowed to drive vehicles with a specific power, referred to the tare weight, greater than 55 kW / t. In the case of M1 category vehicles, an additional maximum power limit of 70 kW applies“. There is no cancellation of this rule, but the derogation opens up the scenario a little more.
Alongside the newly licensed driver, acting as instructor, there must be a person not older than 65, with a valid driving license for the same category (or higher, C or D) and achieved for at least 10 years. Basically, the same figure required for the guides with the pink sheet. Already today, during the guides with the pink sheet, there is no power limit except for accompanied guides.
All other restrictions regarding new drivers will remain valid, such as the speed limits to be kept for the first three years (100 km / h on motorways and 90 km / h on main suburban roads) and the double deduction of driving license points, as well as the absolute ban on alcohol in the first three years. On this issue, however, there is always a need to reflect well beyond the legislation, given that there does not seem to be the ‘deterrent’ effect, in particular for speed, with young people often involved in avoidable serious accidents.
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