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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:12:19 AM
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What do we call a driver who got their driving licence recently? Call we call them "a new driver"?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:17:17 AM

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I'm interested to see if there is special word for them. In Finland we just call them young drivers (not only because of the age. Someone getting a card at their 50's will be a young driver for at least a year)
thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:33:32 AM

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A new driver needn't be young!

"Newly qualified" , but "new" is shorter.

In the UK there is a P plate and an R plate.

All learner drivers have to use a red L plate (or D in Wales if you want it in Welsh) with restrictions, until they pass tgeir test.

After you pass your test you can choose to display a green P plate for Probationary. There is no legal probationary period - your license us the same as any driver's. It just warns people to give you more time and room. There is no time limit.

But in Northern Ireland you must dusplay an amber R plate showing you are a restricted driver for the first year after your test. You have a speed limit of 45 mph, regardless of the road limit. Except for the more powerful motorbikes, although they also need to display the plate.

Simple. d'oh!

In Republic of Ireland (unless the law has changed) you need to display N plates for novice driver for two years after passing your test.

That seems a reasonable word to use.
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:31:49 AM
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There's no specific term for someone who has just got/obtained/earned his or her driver's license. "New driver" is the usual way such people are referred to.
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