Call for graduated driving licence

Call for graduated driving licence

More needs to be done to reduce the "unacceptably high" number of serious crashes involving young motorists.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) wants to see the introduction of stronger safeguards around inexperienced young drivers as part of a package of measures to improve road safety and lower the cost of car insurance premiums.

Worrying figures show that while people aged between 17 and 19 years old make up just one in 66 (1.5%) licence holders on the road, they are involved in one in eight (12%) serious or fatal road crashes.

A minimum time period for learning to drive a car could become law so that young drivers can get used to driving in different road conditions.

Another popular measure would be a limit on the number of passengers they can carry for the first six months after they pass.

The ABI has taken inspiration from what other countries have done to tackle the problem. It also wants to see stronger action against rogue claims management companies which are involved in nuisance calls and bringing forward frivolous insurance claims.

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