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Fewer young people learning to drive

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/10/2016

Fewer young people are learning to drive and the Greens say that's a good reason for the government to re-think its motorway expansion projects.

"Young New Zealanders are falling out of love with the car," said transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter.

"Statistics New Zealand figures show there are now fewer teens on the road than those aged over 75, while Ministry of Transport data shows the number of licences issued each year had been increasing until 2010, before dropping back to levels of more than a decade ago."

Ms Genter was reacting to a report that said about 3.5 million people held a drivers licence in 2012 but by June last year that figure had dropped by about 100,000, and there were now fewer teens on the road than those aged over 75.

The RNZ report said the cost of running a car and tougher driving tests were putting off young people.

Ms Genter says the government's road building programme won't do anything for those people.

"If National was thinking about the next generation of Aucklanders they'd be prioritising cost-effective projects like light rail," she said.

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