The number of young driver (17-24 yrs) fatalities has decreased by 10% since 2010, according to analysis by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
In the same timeframe, the number of passengers killed in a car driven a young driver has fallen by 24%.
The IAM says that in 2012, 133 young drivers were killed, alongside 71 young passengers. In 2011 the figures were 148 drivers and 93 passengers.
The IAM says the reduction in fatalities could be due to a number of factors including a “general improvement in safety on our roads”, fewer young people passing the test, road safety campaigns and enforcement, and the recession.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Road safety has been improving for everyone in the UK in recent years and that is reflected in the improved situation for new drivers.
“But, it’s worrying that younger people are still at such high risk of causing death and injury to themselves. These figures show an urgent need to improve awareness of the risks for younger drivers and their passengers.
“By delaying its Green Paper the Government has missed a great opportunity to provide better training, more support and learning from a younger age.”