New P-plater rules welcomed

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Daniel Stanton 26 June 2014

The National Roads & Motorists' Association has today welcomed new rules that clarify the range of vehicles a P-plater can drive.

NRMA President Wendy Machin said the laws, to be introduced on 1 August, were a win for common sense as some of the vehicles on the banned list were turbocharged to improve fuel efficiency and not to enhance speed.

"P-platers are an at-risk group on our roads and the NRMA does not want to see them behind the wheel of cars that are simply made for speed, so it makes sense that some vehicles will remain on the banned list," Ms Machin said.

"However P-platers should be encouraged to drive a common small car like the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic that is turbocharged to improve fuel efficiency - particularly since it has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

"The move to lift the ban on these vehicles will provide mums and dads more options when helping buying their kid's first car.

"The emphasis should be on safety when buying a car – whether it is new or used. There are many 5-star ANCAP safety rated used vehicles at very reasonable prices on the market and used car buyers are encouraged to visit the NRMA's Used Car Safety Ratings guide to learn more."

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