News from Brake
Thursday 18 July 2019
The Government has announced that it will explore the issue of graduated driver licensing further in a bid to cut new driver crashes. The Government will look at the impact of limiting what less experienced drivers can do in their first few months on the road as part of the Department for Transport’s upcoming two-year Road Safety Action Plan. These schemes could put restrictions on new drivers, such as a minimum learning period, not driving at night, or not driving with passengers under a certain age in the car.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“Young drivers are involved in nearly a fifth of all fatal crashes on our roads, a deeply troubling figure hugely disproportionate to the number of young license holders. We must improve young drivers’ safety and this starts with making licensing more robust, so that when a young driver passes their test, they have all the necessary tools and knowledge to drive safely on all roads and in all conditions. Brake has long called for the introduction of Graduated Driver Licensing, a solution which we know works, and so we welcome today’s announcement but urge swift and decisive action to introduce the policy.”
Notes to editors:
- Department for Transport announcement on young driver safety can be found here.