Readers have been commenting on new government proposals which could mean young drivers may be prevented from carrying any passengers other than family members.
– Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety
Young drivers remain a key area where we need to make progress. They are the economic future of our country.
As well as looking at post-test restrictions, we also need to improve driver training and instruction and the quality of learning. IN that way, we can build quality driver learning.
The President of the AA has labelled government proposals to place a ban on young drivers from carrying anyone other than family members as passengers as "extremely impractical".
Talking to the Daily Telegraph, Edmund King said:
It is something we think is extremely impractical,” he said. “We think it is sometimes useful to have a designated driver, who takes three mates home rather than having them travel in separate cars.
I can't see how this will be enforced. How can you tell whether somebody in the car is a family member or not? What family members are included? Do they mean someone older? What is their role?
These things sound reasonable but in practical terms they are very tricky
James Dalton, Association of British Insurers (ABI) head of motor insurance, said: "A car is potentially a lethal weapon."
He added that "radical action" is needed to "reduce the tragic waste of young lives on our roads, especially among the 17-24 age group".
An ABI spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: "Any restrictions to limit the number of passengers young newly qualified young drivers can carry for an initial period after passing their test would be a step in the right direction."
- One in eight drivers is under the age of 25 and they account for one third of the number of people who die on the country's roads, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
- It is estimated that an 18-year-old driver is three times more likely to be involved in a crash than a motorist 30 years older.
- In 2011, drivers between 17 and 19 were involved in 12,000 crashes, of which more than half resulted in serious or fatal injuries.
- The ABI has also called for a curfew banning young drivers from the roads at night.
Young drivers may be prevented from carrying any passengers other than family members under proposals being considered by the government, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Patrick McLoughlin, secretary of state for transport, said:
“I read regular reports where three or four young people have been killed in a car and it’s a new driver and you wonder what happened,”
“When I talk to young people who have recently passed their test what they say sometimes there is peer pressure is put on them to go fast, to show off.
“They are not anticipating an accident, but something goes wrong. They are not drivers with a huge amount of experience by the very fact of their being new drivers. I think we have got to look at that.