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.”