Young driver deaths in the UK could be cut by up to a third if compulsory post-test training was introduced, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The call follows findings showing that a similar approach in Austria has produced a 30% reduction in young driver fatalities.
Simon Best, IAM CEO, said: “We need no reminding that 17 – 25 year-olds – particularly young men – proportionally have more crashes and suffer more deaths and injuries on our roads than any other group.
“Despite this, very little is being done to ensure that young people improve their driving after passing their test.
“The high numbers of young drivers who continue to be killed or seriously injured highlights the need for legislation that insists on post-test training that embraces all kinds of roads; especially rural roads on which young people are suffering so disproportionately.”
The IAM is writing to Mike Penning, under secretary of state for transport, stressing the urgent need for post-test training. The IAM says that only the DfT can realistically take the lead on this issue with a thorough review of driver training.
In 2011, the IAM is launching ‘Momentum’, which will offer young drivers a low-cost assessment by an IAM examiner, early in their development, in a bid to improve confidence, raise awareness, and reduce risk on the road.
For more information contact the IAM Press Office on 020 8996 9777.