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Should Young Drivers be Made to Learn for a Year?

Posted on 04/10/2012

The Association of British Insurers have today reported that drivers aged 17-24 are responsible for a higher number of crashes, deaths and claims as opposed to older drivers and want new drivers to face various driving restrictions as a result.

The main suggestion of reforms that insurers want to see are:

  • Young drivers being able to start learning to drive when they reach the age of 16 ½ years
  • A “graduated licence” to be granted for the first 6 months before an actual licence is obtained
  • A ban on learners taking a crash course
  • A restriction on young drivers driving between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am for the first six months, unless they were driving to and from work or college
  • No amount of alcohol allowed whilst driving for the first 6 months

Overall, the suggestions may be a good idea to introduce in an effort to reduce the number of accidents although the best suggestion, which has not been raised, should surely be more road safety learning for new drivers to make them aware of the dangers/risks when driving not just for themselves but for others around them. 

For example, do young drivers even know about motoring offences and disqualifications from driving, which often result from accidents that may have been avoided had then been specifically taught and tested more rigorously on road safety?

Many new and young drivers may be against the suggestion of reform although if they were implemented, surely this would mean a reduction in insurance premiums for them!