84% of all drivers, and 69% of drivers under the age of 25 years, support a minimum period of time for people to learn to drive, according to a new survey by Brake, the road safety charity.
Brake is calling for post-test restrictions on novice drivers including a zero drink drive limit, a ban on late night driving and restrictions on carrying passengers.
Earlier this year the Government confirmed its intention to launch a Green Paper in a bid to improve the safety of young drivers and reduce the cost of insurance, especially for young drivers.
The survey of 1,000 drivers by Brake and Direct Line found that 70% of all respondents, and 63% of those under 25, support a zero drink drive limit for novice drivers; 88% believe there should be a minimum number of hours of supervised driving for learners, with 58% agreeing this should be at least 35 hours; and 90% want mandatory lessons on motorways and in difficult conditions.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “The Government has an opportunity to make a real difference to road safety and save a lot of young lives through reforming our driver licensing system.
“Evidence on how to reduce young driver crashes is very clear; by introducing a system of graduated licensing we can expect to make real inroads to ending the devastation caused by young driver crashes.
“We’re calling on Government to take bold steps by introducing all elements of graduated licensing – including a minimum learning period and post-test licence restrictions – but without compromising safety by simultaneously introducing changes that would increase risk, such as a lower minimum driving age.”
For more information contact Brake on 01484 559909.