The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has put forward potential reforms about the way young drivers learn to drive. The measures include things like reducing the limit of alcohol, restrictions for night driving and a young driver would need to remain a learner driver for twelve months.
The ABI’s “Improving the Safety of Young Drivers” revealed that one in eight driver’s who hold licenses are below 26 years of age but a staggering one in three people below that age are killed as a result of a car accident. A person 18 years of age is over three times more likely than a 48-year-old is to get caught up in a car accident.
The ABI’s research revealed that 27% of motor insurance claims that also included personal injury, cost in excess of £0.5 million due to an accident that involved a driver in the age range of 17 to 24. Interestingly, it is more likely that young drivers will be involved in motoring accidents in the 3 to 5 high value for injury claims. This is a reflection of the greater risk of them having an accident whilst carrying passengers.
To improve young drivers safe driving they are recommending four major things: –
- A minimum period of one year of learning to drive a car before taking the driving test.
- To ban courses of intensive driving as being the sole way for young drivers to learn to drive.
- Lower the age limit to 16 ½ to start to learn to drive.
- Issue a graduated driving license to include limits on how many passengers can be in a young person’s car for the first 6 months after passing their test.
The Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammon, has said that the Government will consider these proposals.
We will keep you informed of further developments.