The European Transport Safety Council has called for the Status Quo on HGV driving licenses to remain in place.
The ETSC wants the recommended age for a HGV licence in the EU to remain at 21 and the minimum age to drive buses and coaches to be kept at 24.
The ETSC, whose members include Ireland’s Road Safety Authority, has warned about the dangers of very young motorists being permitted to drive large vehicles.
The European Commission has proposed allowing 17-year-olds to begin accompanied training to drive a lorry in new legislation currently under consideration.
Although the current recommended minimum age to drive heavy goods vehicles in the EU is 21, five countries already allow 18-year-olds to drive HGVs under certain conditions.