Getting young drivers back on the road in safety

Driving on public roads today is a highly complex and responsible task. The consequences of mistakes or deliberate risk-taking can be expensive, life changing or even fatal. They can be devastating not only for the driver but also for passengers, family and other road users. Most people would accept that it takes time and experience to become a fully safe and confident driver. The evidence bears this out. The current system is neither sufficiently safe nor in the interests of young people. Over 50 per cent of people will fail their first driving test and insurance premiums for young drivers have risen sharply, reflecting the level of catastrophic claims involved. There has been an 18 per cent reduction in the number of 17-19 year-olds taking the practical driving test since 2007 and a 25 per cent reduction in the average distance driven by 17-20 year-olds between 2009 and 2011. Learning to drive is an expensive and stressful process, which may increase the temptation to drive without a licence or insurance. The British Government has acknowledged these issues of safety and cost and announced its intention to issue a Green Paper on young drivers, probably in May or June 2013. PACTS is publishing this short paper to stimulate debate and to encourage the Government to undertake a thorough examination of all practical options.


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  • Accession Number: 01483791
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2013 12:26PM