Campaigners raise heat on Government’s young driver Green Paper
Ministers are putting hundreds of lives at risk by delaying a Green Paper on tackling young driver safety, a coalition of eight organisations including the ABI, ACPO and National Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs has warned (Telegraph).
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, published 17 June, campaigners urge the Government to live up to a promise to launch a consultation on measures including night-time curfews on young motorists, minimum one year learning periods and a zero tolerance on alcohol.
The Telegraph article says that ministers promised to publish proposals by the end of the spring, but campaigners are worried the Government will miss this deadline and end up watering down the plans.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI), Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO), road safety charity Brake, and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs have come together with other organisations in a collective call for action.
In the letter, the eight organisations say: “Despite each casualty being a needless waste of life and heart-breaking for families, successive Governments have failed to take decisive action to stop this tragic loss of young lives.
“We welcome this Government's interest in improving driver safety and are calling for it to seize the opportunity.
“We need a genuine and open debate about the combination of changes to the testing and training system that has the best chance of making our roads safer for young people and everyone one.”
According to the Telegraph, campaigners believe the Government is worried about the effect a crackdown on young motorists would have on mobility, particularly in the countryside.
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