New call to protect young drivers

The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM), an independent road safety charity, has said introduction of compulsory post-test training could help reduce the deaths of young drivers in the UK.

The call follows findings that a similar approach in Austria has produced a 30% reduction in young driver deaths.

Simon Best,IAM chief executive officer, said: "We need no reminding that 17 to 25 year olds - particularly young men - proportionally have more crashes and suffer more death and injury on our roads than any other group.

"Despite this, very little is being done to ensure that young people improve their driving after passing the test.

"The high numbers of young drivers who continue to be killed or seriously injured graphically highlights the need for legislation that insists on post-test training that embraces all kinds of roads; especially rural roads on which young people are suffering so disproportionately."

The motoring charity is writing to Under Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning MP, raising the urgent need to introduce post-test training.

The IAM says that undertaking a second phase of short coaching sessions and driving practice off the public highway should be made compulsory within a year of passing the test.

The charity said it is taking action of its own by launching Momentum - a new low-cost assessment for young drivers - in the new year.

With Momentum, young drivers will get an assessment from an IAM examiner early in their development, which will help improve confidence, raise awareness and reduce risk on the road.

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