Graduated Driver Licensing

What is GDL?  Graduated Driver Licensing is a system for phasing in on-road driving, allowing beginners to get their initial experience under conditions that involve lower risk and introducing them in stages to more complex driving situations.

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What is Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)? Essentially an apprentice system, graduated licensing involves three stages. the first is a supervised learner’s period, lasting a minimum of 6 months in optimal systems, then
an intermediate licensing phase that permits unsupervised driving only in less risky situations, and finally a full-privilege license becomes available when conditions of the first two stages have been met.

Within this framework, substantial variation is possible in terms of the provisions of the stages of their parent taught drivers education and their duration. This variation often has created difficulty for jurisdictions that are constructing a graduated system. Policymakers need to know what features their system should include and what the characteristics should be.

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