Association of British Insurers: 'car potentially a lethal weapon'

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."

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Young drivers to face curbs

Young drivers may be prevented from carrying any passengers other than family members under proposals being considered by the Government, reports the Daily Telegraph.