Most people believe road safety would be improved by introducing restrictions for newly-qualified motorists, new research indicates.
The study by road safety charity Brake also suggests a majority think learners should only be able to take their test after completing a minimum number of supervised driving lessons.
Brake says its suggestions, backed by people it surveyed and incorporated into a “graduated driving licence”, could help reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving young and novice motorists.
‘Make new drivers display P-plate’
Figures show more than 2,000 young drivers or passengers, aged between 17 and 24, a year are killed or left with a serious injury by road accidents. And while teenage drivers account for just 1.5% of UK licence holders, motorists aged 17, 18 and 19 are involved in 9% of all fatal road accidents.
Two-thirds of those questioned say they think newly-qualified drivers should be required to display a probationary ‘P-plate’ – which can currently be done voluntarily – for a year.
Almost as many (63%) believe they should be subject to a zero drink drive limit and half say new drivers should face an engine size limit for 12 months after passing their test.
More than a third of those questioned say they’d back restrictions related to novice drivers carrying young passengers, driving at night and having their licence revoked if they commit a motoring offence.
Only one in 12 say they wouldn’t support any of the restrictions suggested by Brake.
‘Graduated driving licence would boost safety’
The vast majority (85%), meanwhile, say learners should have at least 25 hours of supervised driving before being allowed to take their practical test. And two-thirds (67%) believe novice drivers should have to wait six months or more before taking it.
Alice Bailey, Brake’s communications and campaigns adviser, says significant reductions in accident rates have been seen in other countries where restrictions on new drivers have been introduced.
Introducing a “graduated driving licence” in the UK, she adds, would help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the road while making young and new drivers “much safer”.
Date Published: June 11, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown