Insurers proposing radical new changes for young drivers
- Drivers under 25 should have a minimum one-year learning period.
- They should also hold a ‘graduated driving licence’ for two years before taking a second test.
- Restrictions would be made on the number of passengers they could carry during the graduated period, as well a restriction on them driving between 11pm and 4am, unless necessary for work purposes.
- Drivers under 25 should not be allowed to take the wheel if they have drunk any alcohol.
The ABI have made the proposals in an attempt to help cut the high level of deaths and serious injuries that involve young drivers. Nick Starling, ABI's director of general insurance and health, said: "Our proposals are not designed to drive young drivers off the road, but to ensure that they become safer drivers. We must act to reduce the tragic loss of young lives on our roads.
“While recent years may have seen a reduction in road accident fatalities and serious injuries, the figures are still too high. Every young driver statistic is a tragedy. Whether it is inexperience, youthful bravado or sheer recklessness, we need tough action to better equip young drivers to handle the dangers of driving.”
What do you think about all that, readers? Especially if you’re under the age of 25 and these proposals would affect you.