Brake, the road safety charity, says there is an ‘urgent need for tougher regulation of young drivers’ in order to reduce crashes and casualties.
Brake’s call follows the case of Gary Pitchford, who was killed when his girlfriend, learner driver Anna Marie Hibben, lost control of the car when ‘speeding down a country road at night’.
Mary Williams OBE, Brake’s chief executive, said: “Young people’s cognitive abilities finish developing in their mid-20’s, while their thrill seeking tendencies are developed by the time they are about 15.
“Brake has been calling for the driving test age to be raised to 18 or even higher. The higher you go, the fewer deaths you will have, as long as enforcement is toughened up to prevent unlicensed, uninsured drivers too.”
Brake says that the government’s consultation, ‘Learning to drive’, has identified support for ‘increased regulation of the way that people learn to drive, or the placing of post-test restrictions on newly-qualified drivers’.
Ms Williams added: “We cannot delay anymore in introducing these measures which are proven to work, are popularly supported and would prevent more tragedies such as the death of Gary Pitchford.”
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