The Alward government has proposed cancelling the nighttime ban for novice drivers based on input from New Brunswickers.

Under the amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act, introduced in the legislature on Thursday, Level 2 graduated licence holders would no longer be restricted from driving between midnight and 5 a.m.

"The reality is, we live in a rural province where young people often drive home late at night," Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors stated in a release.

"Our consultation showed that the night-driving restriction was a hardship for many New Brunswickers, and there was no evidence this restriction was improving safety."

Level 1 graduated licence holders, who have not yet taken taken a road test, would still be prohibited from driving, said Trevors.

The night time ban has been in place since 2009.

When it was first introduced in 2006, it was part of a plan to "improve highway safety," then-public safety minister Wayne Steeves had said.

"Research shows that on a worldwide basis there is a greater risk of having a car accident at night," the government release had said.

"It also shows that restricting the hours of driving for novice drivers can reduce the risk of nighttime accidents."