PACTS accuses Government of ‘u-turn on young driver safety’
A Government consultation paper on improving the safety of young drivers which was due before the end of 2013 has now been ‘postponed indefinitely’, according to PACTS.
In a strongly worded statement, David Davies, PACTS’ executive director, said: “Ministers have admitted that they are reneging on their repeated commitments to publish a consultation paper on young driver safety this year.
“It looks like a clear case of putting politics before the safety of young people, giving the general election priority over saving lives.
“PACTS is dismayed that the government is not prepared even to consult on such a vital issue which has been left in the ‘too difficult’ pile for too long.
“The general public, parents of teenagers and most young people themselves believe the current testing and licensing do not prepare young people to drive safely.
“Successive governments have not managed to resolve the risks for young drivers and their passengers in the period immediately after passing the test. Disappointingly, this government appears to have the same weak resolve.
“The Transport Select Committee has called for action to improve young driver safety and PACTS will be inviting the Committee to question the Government over its lack of progress.”
For more information contact David Davies on 020 7222 7732.