A new alternative to traditional ‘L’ and ‘P’ plates has been launched to provide learner and newly qualified drivers with extra confidence they will be given due consideration by other road users.
The ‘Insight Vehicle Sign System’ has been developed by Euro Road Safety (ERS), who say that when new regulations allowing learner drivers on motorways come into effect in June, it will be even more important for learners to stay visible on the road.
The ‘unique’ shape of the new sign means it will appear at an ‘easy-to-see 90-degree angle’ to the car door and will not impair the driver’s rear view. The sign is designed to be visible up to 50 metres in front or behind the vehicle.
The system fits securely over the glass of the passenger window (driver side) and can be easily removed when the driver parks. Unlike magnetic ‘L’ plates, it will not be dislodged while driving and is easier to remove than self-adhesive plates.
Phil Thorpe, who invented the product, said: “If ‘L’ plates fall off while the car is being driven, it leaves the learner at risk of accidents because other drivers will not anticipate quick braking or slower manoeuvres.
“I worked with Euro Road Safety to develop a robust product that could offer learner drivers more reassurance that they will be treated with consideration on the roads.”