Iain supported Brake’s Road Safety Week in November by calling for a graduated licensing scheme to be implemented. Graduated driver licensing means dividing the learning period into several stages and phasing in driving privileges gradually to enable new drivers to gain experience and skills before they gain a full driving licence. Iain tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 2899) in favour of graduated licensing and encouraged fellow MPs to sign. He also called for a debate on the issue as well as working with the media to raise awareness on the topic, including being interviewed by ITV Tyne Tees news. Iain explains exactly what a graduated licensing system could entail, and why he thinks it is necessary:
“I think this country should consider introducing a graduated driver licensing scheme that would restrict the size of engine, the number of passengers that could be carried and the types of road that can be driven along, for young and new drivers. One in eight people holding driving licences is aged 25 or under, yet more than a quarter of drivers killed are from this age group. The statistics speak for themselves. The point is to ensure that young people and novice drivers are safe, and that when driving they are not a risk to themselves, passengers or pedestrians.”
Click here to visit Iain’s website and read more about his views on this issue and click here for information on Brake’s ‘Licensed to kill?’ campaign, which is calling for the introduction of graduated licensing.
Other road safety work by Iain included attending and speaking at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Road Safety, of which he is chair, and tabling a written question concerning the discontinuation of funding for the BrakeCare bereavement pack for families bereaved through a road crash.