Restrictions on new drivers ‘could reduce crash rates’

Restrictions on new drivers ‘could reduce crash rates’

3/2/2021 7:45:00 PM

Restrictions on new drivers ‘could reduce crash rates’

Figures show one in five novice motorists are involved in an accident during their first year driving

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Officials are now focused on the consultancy TRL’s £2m ‘Driver2020’ study, which is exploring how technology and education can be used to reduce crashes. The committee called for an update on this study by July 2021.While the committee stopped short of recommending the introduction of GDLs in England, it urged the DfT to work with the Northern Ireland Executive, which is expected to conduct a pilot scheme.

Tory MP Huw Merriman, who chairs the committee, said: “The committee balanced the current work of the department with the lack of evidence demonstrating the impact of GDL on the economic and social prospects of young people at this time, particularly in rural areas.” headtopics.com

He added that young people need to “be given the freedom to drive without further restrictions being imposed upon them” and"fully equipping learner drivers for driving in different situations" will be"essential" to boosting safety.

The committee has asked the DfT to resume its research on GDLs.AA president Edmund King said his organisation had “always been supportive of elements of a graduated licensing system” but warned about the “social and economic implications for new drivers of a heavily restrictive system post-test”.

He said:"It is vitally important any changes that include post-test restrictions are thoroughly tested before being implemented.” Read more: The Independent »

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Surely they're already restricted from crashing in theory?