Young drivers need more preparation, say UK motorists
89% of motorists believe that there should be a minimum learning period before people take the driving test, with the majority favouring at least six months, according to a survey by GEM Motoring Assist.
85% of respondents to the poll also want to see motorway driving included during driving lessons, with 77% agreeing that motorway driving should be included in the test itself.
59% of respondents support a post-test assessment in order to complete a probationary period, and 63% support a speed limiter device being fitted to new drivers' cars.
More than half of respondents agree that the legal age for driving a car should remain at 17, and the same amount are happy with the current two year probationary period for new drivers (during which they return to learner status if they receive six or more penalty points).
However, during the probationary period, 27% of respondents agree there should be a restriction on carrying passengers below the age of 25, while 25% support reducing the drink drive limit.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “The results clearly show that UK motorists aren’t happy with the Government’s approach to young and new drivers.
“More stringent requirements and stricter regulations would ensure that drivers benefit as much as possible from the learning process, in turn, helping to reassure other road users that all new drivers are fully equipped to be behind the wheel.
“There is no doubt from this survey that there is real concern for the learning process for new drivers, and this crucial period is something that we believe requires more attention and administration by law. With a Government Green Paper on the subject of ‘young drivers’ expected this summer, we sincerely hope that it will address the road safety issues that clearly alarm the UK motoring population.”