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ABI Wants Improved Safety for Young Drivers

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Five key priorities of car insurance have been outlined by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), including improving the safety of young drivers.  The organisation, which represents insurance companies in the United Kingdom, highlighted the urgent need to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths of young drivers at yesterday's ABI Motor Conference.

"As a nation of car users with some of the busiest roads in the world, insurers are committed to providing the best possible deal for motorists" says the Director General of the Association of British Insurers, Otto Thoresen.  "One of the key ways to achieve this has to be improving the safety of our young drivers, who continue to make up a disproportionate number of road casualties."  Thoresen said that five years ago the organisation called for methods, including a minimum learning period, to try and deal with the problem, and yet around 18 young people per day continue to die or suffer serious injuries on British roads.  Thoresen has reiterated the organisation's request for the British government to join them on tackling the issue.  "We cannot do this alone" he notes. 

Which? Insurance Analyst Paul Davies says that the problem is also driving up the costs of car insurance for young drivers, many of whom are unable to afford it after also paying out for extended auto warranties.  "The situation has reached the stage now where many young drivers can't afford the insurance premium rates" he comments.

published: 23/11/2011 11:00:01

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