Public support GDL for young drivers: RAC Foundation
A “significant majority” of the British public back restrictions on newly qualified young drivers, according to a survey carried out for the RAC Foundation.
In the Ipsos MORI survey, 68% of adult respondents supported the introduction of graduated licensing for drivers aged 24 years and under, who have just passed their test.
The survey also indicates that even among young drivers, more support graduated licensing (41%) than oppose it (32%).
When questioned about specific aspects of graduated licensing, 66% of respondents supported limits on the number of passengers newly qualified young drivers could carry, and 61% supported driving restrictions between midnight and 5.00am. 64% of parents surveyed said they would ensure their children complied with a graduated licensing system.
A previous report for the RAC Foundation (by TRL) concluded that if GDL was introduced in Britain about 4,500 fewer people would be hurt in an average year.
The Ipsos MORI survey also showed that 71% of adults agreed that politicians should give more attention to road safety.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The evidence from overseas shows there is a way of cutting the amount of death and injury on the road this age-group is involved in. It is called graduated driver licensing.
“What’s more we now know there is a great deal of support for it amongst the British public.
“What we don’t know is why ministers have not acted. The current Government has repeatedly promised a green paper on young driver safety and repeatedly failed to produce it.
“If there were any other area of public health policy where this level of harm was taking place there would be an outcry, yet as a nation we seem to accept what is happening to many of our young people when they get behind the wheel.
“We can debate where the balance lies between imposing restrictions in the interests of safety and maintaining mobility, but graduated licensing should be seen for what it is: a method of preserving long term freedom and health, not curtailing it."