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Brake calls for compulsory rural driving lessons for learners

News from Brake
Wednesday 23 August, 2017

Road safety charity Brake is today calling for compulsory lessons on rural roads for learner drivers, as part of a graduated licensing system, to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.

In 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, 120 young drivers lost their lives in crashes - 80 per cent of these occurring on rural roads, 16 per cent on urban roads and four per cent on motorways[1].

Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "High speeds, sharp bends, narrow lanes, risky overtaking and the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, make rural roads the most dangerous by far. The combination of rural roads and novice drivers is lethal - a staggering 80 per cent of all young car driver fatalities occur in rural locations.

"Brake is calling for a total overhaul of the learning to drive system to help cut fatalities and injuries. A graduated licensing system, including a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers - such as a zero drink-drive limit - will allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time.

"This approach has dramatically reduced road casualties in countries including Australia and New Zealand and could save some 400 lives a year if implemented in the UK.

"Brake is also calling for a review of rural speed limits and for 'Voluntary Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers keep within the limit, to be fitted as standard to new cars. There is also the need for better and more affordable public transport, so fewer young people see starting driving in their teens as a necessity."

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Notes to editors:

[1] Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2015, Department for Transport.

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.

We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Brake comments as learner drivers set to have motorway lessons from 2018

News from Brake
Sunday 13 August, 2017
news@brake.org.uk

Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced. The changes will come into effect from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. Commenting on the announcement, Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Young drivers are involved in a high proportion of crashes that kill and seriously injure because of inexperience and the tendency of some to take risks. Improved training before and after getting a licence is essential to improving road safety.

"Rather than allowing learner drivers on the motorway, there should instead be a requirement for all newly-qualified drivers to receive mandatory lessons, including on the motorway, once they've passed their test. There needs to be much wider reform to the learning to drive system, including a minimum learning period and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers, such as a late night curfew. This graduated driver licensing approach has helped dramatically reduce road casualties in countries including Australia, and could save lives here in the UK too.

"There should also be better access to affordable public transport so fewer young people see starting driving in their teens as a necessity."

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About Brake

Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.

We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.e not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Families get involved!

FamilyMany families have concerns about road safety, from being able to walk and cycle safely in your community - and deciding whether to allow your child to walk or cycle alone - to concerns about teenagers being in danger as passengers or new drivers.

Parents can use our advice for parents to help keep the whole family safe. 

Kids can get road safety tips and access online games here.

Teens and young people can support our L for Later campaign and use our section on young people and road safety

There's also lots families can do to campaign for and champion road safety in your community, with Brake's help:

- Get local nurseries involved by encouraging them to run a road safety Beep Beep! Day, using a free resource pack from Brake

- Encourage primary schools to take part in Brake's Kids Walk

- Work with your local club, group or employer to run awareness-raising activities in Road Safety Week

- Start or join a local campaign, calling for lower speed limits, better enforcement, or pavements, paths and crossings. Use our campaigning advice to make things happen!

- Fundraisefor Brake to support our life-saving work, have fun and help raise awareness too. Get ideas.

Want to do more to support road safety? Why not become a much-valued Friend of Brake, back our national campaigns, and sign up to our monthly bulletin to stay up-to-date with our work. 

 

 

Our campaigns and how you can help

Brake campaigns nationally and regionally, and raises awareness among the public, to stop road deaths and injuries, make our communities safer and greener, and improve support for crash victims. We won't stop until the carnage ends. But we need your help..

There are many ways to support our campaigns, such as dropping a quick note to your MP, signing a petition or running activities in your community. Each page below has simple actions you can take. You can also find advice on campaigning in your community here.

Keep up to date with our campaigns through our monthly bulletin, on TwitterFacebook and the Brake blog, or browse our recent news releases in our media centre.

Campaigns:

Driving for Zero
A campaign to deliver zero tolerance for impaired and distracted driving including the menace of drink and drug driving, vision, health and tiredness.

Know it & Solve it
A campaign for government to establish an independent Road Collision Investigation Branch to improve road crash investigation.

L for Later
A campaign to help young people be safer as drivers and passengers. 

Pace for People
A campaign to reduce and enforce the speed limit in our towns, in order to reduce casualties, reduce fear of cycling and walking, reduce pollution and improve health through active travel.

Place for People
A campaign to give people in the UK space to move in ways that are safe, green, healthy and fair.

Phone Smart
A campaign to stamp out deadly driver distraction by texts, emails and calls.

Modern Vehicles
A campaign that embraces developments in vehicle technology that can save both lives and the planet, and calls on developments to be implemented in line with Brake's vision of safe, sustainable, healthy and fair transport.

A campaign for better justice and support services for people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes.

Safer fleets
A campaign which seeks to improve the safety of at work drivers. 

 

About our campaigning:

Parliamentarian road safety awards
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Consultation responses, speeches and policy papers
Library of Brake consultation responses, key speeches and policy papers

Our vision
Our long-term vision for a world where no one is killed or seriously injured in preventable road crashes, and communities are safe, sustainable places