52% of motorists support mandatory motorway driving tests

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 16:33
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How confident are you on the motorway?

Support is high for the introduction of a motorway driving test for all road users, both new and old

The surprise findings have come to light following a survey of 1568 motorists across Britain by short-term car lease company Flexed.co.uk

Asked whether they believed that all drivers should have to pass a motorway driving assessment before being allowed on Britain’s fastest roads, 52% of the 1350 motorists surveyed supported the idea.

The survey also found that 70% of drivers surveyed between the ages of 17-24 believed that a motorway driving assessment for all drivers should be introduced across Britain.

The breakdown of the survey results is as follows:

  • 52% of motorists said they wanted to see the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 70% of drivers between 17 and 24 wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 41% of male motorists surveyed wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 64%% of women motorists surveyed wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.

The results of the survey follow a government report on road casualties in Great Britain for 2013, which showed that motorway fatalities had increased 14% from the previous year.

The latest road casualty report for the first quarter of 2014 shows a continuation of the trend as fatal or serious accidents on the motorway have also risen 3% in relation to the same period in 2013.

Speaking about the findings of the survey, Alex Wignall, Customer Care at Flexed.co.uk said:
“I think there has been a consensus amongst motorists for a long time that drivers should have to pass a test to drive on the motorway.
“This is not something which applies to solely young drivers, as the latest statistics suggest they are just as likely to be involved in a motorway accident as any other driver.”

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