Charity backs young driver safety plans
A leading road safety charity has unveiled a series of proposals designed to protect rookie motorists in the six month period after passing their test.
The Department for Transport (DfT) announced last month that it would be publishing a Green Paper this summer examining ways to reduce the number of accidents involving young drivers.
Ministers said they were considering the possibility of introducing graduated licensing, with restrictions placed, for example, on the number of passengers motorists can carry in the immediate period after gaining their licence.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has urged the Government to place a new focus on treating driving as a skill for life, using continuous learning with post-test check-ups in the first six months of solo driving.
There should be a minimum learning period so that drivers are exposed to as wide a rage of traffic conditions as possible before they are allowed out on the roads by themselves, IAM said.
The road safety charity is also calling for a tougher test to include rural roads, a weak point for many young drivers, and a relaxation of the rules allowing learner drivers on motorways.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig 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."
published: 04/04/2013 11:00:01