A new survey published by RoSPA suggests the public would support “greater measures to help keep young drivers safe on the road”.
RoSPA says an “overwhelming number of people” recognise that something needs to be done to protect young drivers aged 17-24 years.
In a YouGov survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by RoSPA, 71% of respondents supported some form of phased or graduated driver licensing scheme, to allow young drivers to build up confidence on the road.
Other findings included: 67% supported the mandatory use of telematics in the cars of newly qualified young motorists for a year after passing their test; 90% favoured further post-test training for young drivers; and 74% supported a lower drink-drive limit for young drivers.
These measures are part of a Green Paper submitted to the newly-elected Government by RoSPA and backed by a number of other road safety organisations.
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “RoSPA’s campaign for legislation on the wearing of seatbelts was brought into force after the tide of public opinion forced politicians to sit up and take notice, and we hope that the results of this survey will serve to do the same.”