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Charity welcomes young driver proposals

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New Government proposals aimed at improving the safety of young drivers have been welcomed by a national motoring charity.

DriveSafe hailed the plans, which have been produced in the light of recent evidence that shows one in five new drivers has a crash in the first six months after passing their test

A minimum one-year learning period is among the ideas that are to be put forward in a Green Paper later this spring. Others include allowing lessons on motorways and at night, a more rigorous driving test and incentivised post-test training.

DriveSafe founder Fay Goodman applauded the proposals, claiming that any measures intended to save young lives are to be welcomed.

"We would also propose making road safety part of the national curriculum and encouraging parents to take greater responsibility for their children's driving education," she added.

"We would also like to see all young drivers trained on rural roads where higher speed limits and single track roads provide a dangerous mix."

The plans, which were unveiled following a Department for Transport summit for the motor insurance industry in March, also aim to make insurance premiums for young drivers more affordable.

published: 15/04/2013 17:00:00

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