RoSPA has issued a call for all major political parties to agree a Green Paper on young drivers which would include graduated driver licensing (GDL), in order to help cut the number of young drivers killed or injured on the UK’s roads.
GDL is one of a range of what RoSPA calls “potentially-lifesaving initiatives” that the charity would like to see included in the Green Paper.
RoSPA has written to all major political parties, asking them to include the Green Paper in their manifestos ahead of the General Election in May. The measures it is calling for include GDL, telematics (black box technology) and enhanced training.
RoSPA’s call is backed by a coalition of road safety stakeholders including Road Safety GB, RoadSafe, ABI, IAM, PACTS, RAC Foundation and TRL.
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “As part of our dedication to saving lives and reducing injuries, we are calling on all political parties to include a commitment in their election manifestos to publish a Green Paper on young drivers.
“We believe a comprehensive package of complementary measures is needed to improve the safety of some of our most vulnerable road users.”
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, added: “Young drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than experienced drivers – and yet they drive fewer miles.
“Sadly, they account for about 20% of all road deaths. But if we all work more closely together, there is scope to reduce, significantly, the number of casualties caused by new and inexperienced drivers”.