Following the Government’s announcement that it intends to publish a Green Paper on the safety of young drivers, the IAM has produced a series of recommendations which it will be putting to Government.
The Government’s Green Paper will look at a range of options for improving the safety of newly-qualified drivers and will be published later in the spring.
According to the IAM, young drivers need more guidance and support in the first six months of obtaining their license. The recommendations it puts forward are:
• A tougher test to include rural roads – where young people are most vulnerable;
• A new focus on treating driving as a skill for life – through continuous learning with post test checkups in the first six months of solo driving;
• A minimum driving period during learner stages to increase exposure to as wide range of traffic conditions as possible;
• A relaxation of the rules allowing learner drivers on motorways.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Continuous learning will do more to keep young people safe on the roads than restrictions. During and after supervised learning, new drivers need to gain as much experience as possible to prepare them for driving independently, something which curfews simply cannot deliver.”
For more information contact the IAM.