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Readers have been commenting on new government proposals which could mean young drivers may be prevented from carrying any passengers other than family members.
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:
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: