2:45 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
RoSPA have said that
more than 430 people are killed in crashes involving young car drivers aged 17 to 24 years, every year, including over 150 young drivers, 90 passengers and more than 180 other road users. The most common causes of road accidents include;
Seat Belt Wearing
Failed to Look Properly
Loss of Control
1:55 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
Improving the safety and ability of young drivers is a key priority for the Government which is why we have made the driving test more realistic and are also considering how to improve training for drivers after they pass their test.
There are no plans to introduce graduated licensing in England and Wales.
However, we are working with young people, the insurance industry and other key partners to identify what more can be done to ensure that newly qualified drivers are properly prepared and drive safely.
We will consider carefully any ideas that reduce the risks of accidents involving young drivers.
– A Department for Transport spokesman
1:48 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
The ABI survey, to coincide with the start of Road Safety Week, was conducted by YouGov, with 3,742 people polled.
The survey found:
76% agreed that there should be restrictions on young drivers after passing their driving test.
71% supported restricting the number of young passengers that newly qualified young drivers were allowed to carry.
57% agreed with a minimum 12-month learning period before taking the driving test to enable young drivers to gain more supervised practice.
60% supported changes to the driving test and the way in which it was conducted.
58% supported a restriction on night-time driving (11pm-4am) for newly qualified young drivers.
1:34 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
A young drivers' safety charity has reacted angrily
to insurers' attempts to ban teenagers from carrying passengers, reports the The Gloucester Citizen.
They are penalising the majority for the minority.
I think the government should actually be putting it (road safety) into schools and giving the schools more time to educate young people about this.
A lot of my young people wouldn't want to take a parent out with them for the night ... and some haven't got any parents.
– Time and Place founder Jimmy Martin
1:11 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
More than three in four people believe there should be restrictions on young drivers after they pass their test.
Young drivers could face restrictions when they pass their test
Credit: David Jones/PA Wire
Most of those keen on some curbs reckon learners should have a minimum 12 months of lessons, a survey by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) found.
There was also strong support for late-night driving bans on newly-qualified motorists, changes to the driving test and restrictions on the number of young passengers a novice driver could carry.
12:54 am, Mon 19 Nov 2012
Young drivers may face a ban on carrying passengers who are not members of their family as the Government seeks to cut the number of deaths on the road involving teenagers.
Young drivers face new curbs under road safety plans
Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he would consider measures put forward by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) which could cut the number of accidents involving young motorists.
Other measures which the Government could look at include a curfew on night driving and zero tolerance on alcohol.
6:51 pm, Sat 17 Nov 2012
There has been a call to stop young drivers giving lifts to their friends.
The government has been considering an idea to ban young drivers from carrying passengers other than members of their own family.
The plan has been put forward by the Association of British Insurers as a way of cutting the number of young people killed in car crashes.
Drivers under 25 are involved in a third of all deaths on British roads.
Report from ITV News' Sejal Karia.
11:57 am, Sat 17 Nov 2012
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has called on the Government to adopt a "more positive approach that encourages new drivers to gain experience rather than denying them the opportunity to do so".
A spokesman said: "The first thing the Government must do is revise the driving test to include rural roads where most young drivers die or are injured."