Drivers support mandatory motorway driving test
A little over half of motorists would like to see a motorway driving test introduced for all drivers, not just learner drivers, according to a survey by a car leasing company (Fleet World).
The survey of 1,350 motorists was conducted by the lease company Flexed.co.uk in the wake of DfT casualty stats for 2013 which showed a year-on-year increase in the number of people killed in motorway collisions, from 88 in 2012 to 100 in 2013.
The survey asked participants whether they believed that all drivers should have to pass a motorway driving assessment.
52% of all respondents said they wanted to see the introduction of such a test for all drivers. This rose to 70% of those aged 17-24yrs, perhaps indicating anxiety about motorway driving among newly qualified drivers.
More female than male respondents – 64% compared to 41% - favoured the introduction of a motorway driving test.
Alex Wignall, from Flexed.co.uk, said: “I think there has been a consensus among motorists for a long time that drivers should have to pass a test to drive on the motorway.
“This is not something which applies to solely young drivers. There are too many drivers of all ages who are inexperienced on motorways and are not familiar with the important differences which separate it from other types of driving.
“Our survey shows that there is support for the idea that all drivers, whether they have only just passed their test or whether they have been driving for years, should now have to pass a specific test before they are allowed to drive on the motorway.”
New website includes members’ portal and info on training courses etc
Apply for Corporate Membership of Road Safety GB
Road Safety campaigns, research, data and help forum
The 2017 National Road Safety Conference
For more info and to register to attend click here...
Project EDWARD - 21 September 2017
For more info click here...
AROUND THE WEB
In the fast lane
For the Volvo Group, managing speed is one of the basics of traffic safety, but there’s more to it than just staying within the speed limits.
Mobile phone penalties double - but will it be an effective deterrent?
Edward Seaman, assistant editor of Road Safety News, reviews the change in legislation and its potential to influence behaviour.
The driving test trial
The findings of a DVSA trial, conducted with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), released to coincide with the new driving test changes.
Highways England's vehicle checks campaign
Click here to subscribe for weekly news alert