New drivers should not be given full licences?

By Acclaim Team on 25th November 2011 in News

New drivers should not be given full licences – Association of British Insurers

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has announced that they believes that new drivers should not be given a full driving licence straight away, saying this could help to reduce  the number of road deaths on Britain’s roads.

The ABI is suggesting a new system should be introduced  whereby the ‘learning-to-drive’ period has to be at least 1 year and there should be  a ban on intensive driving courses. Furthermore the ABI are suggesting that you should have to take a second driving test 2 years after passing the first driving test.

Acclaim’s Director of Training, Richard Barton, said, “Banning intensive courses and insisting on a minimum learning period will achieve nothing. The biggest issue is that motorway driving needs to be a mandatory part of the syllabus and the testing system itself needs to be tightened up. As for a second driving test, this too adds nothing. Currently there are certain circumstances where new drivers face a retest and those who don’t would pass the additional test anyway”.

So far the Department for Transport has not responded, but in response to a survey undertaken by the road safety charity Brake, Transport Minister, Mike Penning, said “most young drivers were responsible”.

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