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(ANSA) - Rome, January 2 - A government plan to ban
young Italian drivers from getting behind the wheel of
high-performance cars drew a mixture of scorn and applause on
Transport Minister Alessandro Bianchi has revealed that,
in the interests of reducing road accidents, he intends to
make it harder to pass Italian driving tests and to introduce
a double test for young people.
Passing the first test would permit youngsters to drive
cars with engines up to a certain horse power. Three years
later they could take a second test which would give them the
right to drive all cars, including powerful sportscars.
The precise threshold separating the two categories of
car have still to be decided, along with other details. But
the idea has already stirred up controversy.
"It seem ridiculous to me. This has nothing to do with
road safety, for which other measures are needed," said Paolo
Landi, head of consumer rights association Adiconsum.
He also said the only people to benefit from a double
exam would be driving schools, which would find themselves
with a lucrative new area of business.
Rosario Trefiletti, president of consumer group
Federconsumatori, said he was in favour of keeping impetuous
youngsters away from Porsches and Ferraris, maybe borrowed
from their parents.
But he said it was more important to do something about
the numerous 'micro-cars' on Italian roads. Because they can
legally be driven without a full licence, the cars are very
popular with adolescents.
Many critics of Bianchi's plan said it was a mistake to
target big, powerful autos when smaller ones could also go
very fast but had the disadvantage of being light and less
'DON'T NEED FERRARI TO DIE'.
Nicolas Vaporidis, a 25-year-old actor who has become a
cult figure among young Italians, described the supercar ban
"You don't need a Ferrari to get hurt. You can kill
yourself at 120 km/h with a small car," he told Corriere
But the idea won the support of former Transport
Minister Paolo Costa, who is now a provincial government
chief for the opposition Forza Italia party. He said it was
part of a general move "in the right direction".
According to official statistics, 875 Italians aged
between 21 and 29 were killed on Italian roads in 2005.
Authorities are waging a constant campaign against the
'Saturday Night Massacre' which sees hundreds of young people
involved in late-night accidents at the weekend, usually
after a night out.
There was general applause for Bianchi's plan to make
driving tests more difficult to pass, even from some young
"We young people are more irresponsible, we like showing
off and we underestimate dangers," admitted Sara Tommasi, 25,
a model who recently shot to fame on a desert island reality