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Calls For P-Platers Caught On Phones To Lose License For At Least 12 Months

Our peak medical body wants the change.

Calls For P-Platers Caught On Phones To Lose License For At Least 12 Months (Supplied)

Australia's peak medical body wants to see a zero tolerance approach to L and P-Plater drivers caught on their phones, after a disappointing holiday road toll. 

The Australian Medical Association is pushing for a minimum one year license suspension in its first ever position paper on road safety.

In both New South Wales and Victoria, a driver on a provisional license is not permitted to use their phone in any circumstance, including hands free.

"If they can't get this very important and simple message that your absolute attention needs to be on the road well then they've at least temporarily lost the right to control a motor vehicle," said AMA President Dr Michael Gannon.

The paper also calls for new laws targeting driver fatigue.

66 people have already lost their lives during the festive season.

 

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