Charity calls for new driver review

Charity calls for new driver review

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called on the Conservative party conference delegation to publish the Green Paper it promised on new and inexperienced drivers as soon as possible.

In 2011, there were 412 deaths caused by incidents involving young drivers, and road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK today.

The IAM has reminded the government that in the four months since the Green Paper was initially announced, 137 people aged 17 to 25 will have died on UK roads. The delay in reviewing the learner driver system cannot continue, it urges.

Director of policy and research for IAM, Neil Greig, said there is a clear urgency for the government to address the issues facing young people on the roads, even though the UK has the safest roads in the world.

He added: "We must all do our bit to assist and make sure our road users are safe. A Green Paper is a once in a generation opportunity to refresh our system of learning to drive and deliver long lasting benefits in road safety for all."

The IAM is dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling, and is the UK's largest independent road safety charity.

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