CHANGES: Graduated licence schemes hailed
Road safety charity Brake are supporting recommendations for a full system of graduated driver licensing which could result in 4,471 fewer annual casualties.
The proposals, outlined in the government-commissioned Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) report, are designed to help tackle crashes and casualties involving young drivers.
It states that evidence from other countries on the effectiveness of graduated driver licensing is ‘strong and consistent’, indicating that implementation in Britain would bring ‘considerable casualty savings’.
The report claims bringing in the system – which enables new drivers to build experience while being less exposed to risk – would result in £224million in annual savings.
Graduated driver licensing includes a minimum learning period and post-test restrictions, such as a late night driving curfew and ban on carrying young passengers.
Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive at Brake, said: “Through our support services for bereaved and injured crash victims, we witness the suffering and devastation that results from crashes involving young, inexperienced drivers.
“We wholeheartedly welcome this report, which is further recognition of the compelling case for graduated driver licensing.
“We urge the government to act swiftly and decisively by committing to a full system of graduated driver licensing, to help reduce the danger young drivers pose to themselves and others.”
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