Graduated driver licensing: a regional analysis of potential casualty savings in Great Britain

Evidence from the international scientific literature demonstrates that the introduction of a graduated driver licensing (GDL) system in Great Britain could considerably reduce the number of young novice-driver collisions and the associated casualties. Until now, discussion has been restricted to the potential effect of GDL nationally, and casualty reduction estimates have presented only national data. It is important, however, to understand whether the effect of GDL will benefit all of England, Scotland and Wales, or specific regions only. It is also important for regions across Great Britain to appreciate what impact GDL could have on road safety in their specific locality. This report details the potential safety impact that GDL could have on defined regions across England, Scotland and Wales. The impact of an overall system is presented, along with the separate and combined impact of night-time and passenger components, each of which can feature as what are termed ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ components. The analysis suggests that GDL could have a significant national impact. Overall, a GDL system, based on the effectiveness achieved at an International level (20%), could save 4,478 casualties (433 of these being KSI casualties - killed or seriously injured) and deliver social and economic benefits valued at £200.1 million in Great Britain every year. This analysis included only drivers aged between 17 and 19 years old. A GDL system that applied to older - or all - novice drivers would therefore result in even greater casualty savings.


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  • Accession Number: 01530484
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2014 2:32PM