Drivers want training, not fines: IAM

10.53 | 31 May 2011 |

Only 15% of drivers think that fixed penalty notices are the most effective way to tackle careless driving, according to the IAM.

The IAM’s poll of 1,900 people also reveals that 40% of people think that careless drivers should take compulsory driver training, while 33% think it should be tackled with verbal advice from a police officer. 90% of drivers think that there should be a choice between paying for driver improvement training and penalty points.

77% of respondents think that serious offenders should have their vehicles seized and 59% that all disqualified drivers should be made to retake their driving test.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “This poll shows broad support for the Government’s road safety strategy, but that fixed penalty notices are not popular. The vast majority of crashes are caused by driver error, they are not deliberate – fining drivers is punitive and does not improve driving skills. Driver quality is the key issue in improving road safety.

“This poll recognises that driving is a skill that needs refreshing and updating. More courses to address poor driving will make our roads safer.”

For more information contact the IAM press office on 020 8996 9777.


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