New measures could save young lives: ABI
Road deaths and car insurance premiums for young drivers could be significantly reduced if the Government introduced new safety measures, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) (BBC News).
The ABI is calling for a one-year minimum learning period for young drivers, and a limit to the number of young passengers a newly qualified driver is allowed to carry. It would also like to see restrictions on driving at night and zero tolerance for blood alcohol levels for recently qualified drivers.
The average annual premium for a 17 to 18 year old driver, currently more than £1,800, could be reduced by up to 20% if safety standards were improved, says the ABI.
Otto Thoresen, the ABI's director general, said: “Sadly, young newly qualified drivers are at a much higher risk of having a serious crash on our roads, which is reflected in the cost of their car insurance.
“Insurers want to see young drivers become safe drivers, which in turn will result in more affordable premiums.”
The BBC News report says the Government is considering the ideas put forward by the ABI, along with other safety proposals.
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