Government calls for 'modernisation of driver training'

Government proposals discussed today by the Transport Committee aim to improve young driver safety on the roads, reducing the number of collisions.

  • Education first: The Government will continue to explore further ways to make sure that young people learn the appropriate skills and attitudes towards driving
  • Developing a new post test vocational qualification: To create a new successor to the Pass Plus scheme will be introduced
  • Safety messages: These will be included in the theory test
  • Improving the content and delivery of motorcycle training so that it meets the needs of modern day riding
  • Modernisation of the driver training industry: To offer the range and standards of service that learner drivers need, to help them make an informed choice as to which instructor best meets their needs

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