With Graduated Driver Licensing set to be introduced in Northern Ireland, delegates at the 2019 edition of Young Driver Focus will hear how the scheme will operate.
Now in its sixth year, Young Driver Focus is jointly organised by FirstCar, Road Safety GB and the RAC Foundation, in association with the young driver insurer ingenie, the event’s headline sponsor for the past five years.
Young Driver Focus 2019 will once again be staged at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall – on Wednesday 1 May.
Among the latest speakers to be confirmed is Pat Delaney, director of operations at the Driver & Vehicle Agency (Northern Ireland).
Pat has responsibility for driver testing, vehicle testing and driver licensing – and also leads on the introduction of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), the topic of his presentation, which will see a number of measures introduced for learner and new drivers, including:
- A six month mandatory minimum learning period
- The removal of the 45mph speed restriction to allow training at higher speeds
- A mandatory programme of training, recorded in a logbook
- Night time passenger restrictions
- Mandatory display of a new driver plate for two years
- Optional motorway lessons with an Instructor (ADI) in a vehicle fitted with dual controls
Also added to the agenda is professor Gary Burnett, chair of Transport Human Factors at the University of Nottingham, who has over 25 years’ experience in human factors research and development relating to advanced technology within road-based vehicles.
Gary’s presentation, titled ‘training for future driving: lost skills and new skills’, will consider the potential needs of younger drivers as the vehicles they use become increasingly automated – either following traditional driver training, or when they have had no formal education with manually driven vehicles.
Using research conducted by the Human Factors Research Group, his presentation will aim to answer two questions:
- What form/level of de-skilling will arise as a result of automation?
- And what new knowledge/skills are required to safely interact with future vehicles?
Pricing and delegate registration
The delegate fees for Young Driver Focus 2019 are: £150 for Road Safety GB & Academy members; £175 for other attendees from the public and third sectors and academia; and £195 for all other attendees is (all plus VAT).
There is also the opportunity to purchase a joint ticket for YDF 2019 and the new Young Rider Focus conference, which is being held in Birmingham on 6 March 2019. The joint ticket shows a saving of at least £50 on the individual event prices.