posted 5 years ago

New Drivers Face Tough Restrictions

The Government is considering tough new proposals restricting new drivers

The Government is considering tough new proposals that could improve road safety by restricting new drivers. As such – because conditions are more dangerous at night - the inexperienced could be banned from the road after (say) 10:30pm. There could also be limits on the number of passengers they carry as this would minimise distraction and the temptation to show-off. There could be a zero alcohol limit too. Furthermore, the Government might create a minimum learning period of (say) twelve months to ensure that motorists have a set amount of experience before their tests. It has also been proposed that learners are allowed to drive on the motorways to broaden their experience. The test itself could also evolve to focus more heavily on unsupervised driving which requires candidates to navigate alone rather than via prompts. Examiners could then more closely observe drivers' natural behaviour. Furthermore, as of now youngsters can be banned if they receive six penalty points within two years. This period could be extended to three years to further encourage safe behaviour. Experienced motorists, in contrast, can collect up to twelve points. It has also been proposed that the newly qualified are encouraged via incentives to continue their tuition. These steps could reduce youngsters' insurance premiums as they would be less likely to crash (in theory).

Secretary of State for Transport Discusses Proposals

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said: "It is alarming that a fifth of people killed or seriously injured on our roads in 2011 were involved in a collision where at least one driver was aged 17 to 24. Improving the safety of our young drivers is therefore a real priority and will not only reduce casualties but should also mean a reduction in the sky-high insurance premiums they pay”. Mr McLoughlin added: “We have already done much as a government to address the concerns around motor insurance but more still needs to be done before young drivers feel satisfied they are getting value for money".

Insurance Expert Discusses Proposals

The Director General of the Association of British Insurers, Otto Thoresen, added: "We have long campaigned for changes to the current approach to learning to drive which does little to help young people become safe, secure drivers. Sadly young, newly qualified, drivers are at a much higher risk of having a serious crash on our roads which is reflected in the cost of their car insurance. Insurers want to see young drivers become safe drivers which in turn will result in more affordable premiums".

Well insurance is just legalised highway robbery but without the mask's!(well now hide behind a pc)when you get stupid questions like have you satnav? when asked why .said it'shows you have a thing of driving? Erm no &i said ive analouge tomtom it's called an A2Z where if im not sure on where im going i look it up plus also have an idea of surrounding areas incase i need to divert if ie traffic(try doing that with satnav)it goes into melt down that you have ignored it's domination!. Well on m'way etc driving perhaps they will teach that we drive on the left and not in the middle lane or one from outside.and that you can drive on the hard shoulder if need be till you can a get to a sufficent speed to match flow or find a gap instead of just scattering the traffic as you plonk yourself in middle lane from slip road. So whats the problem with driving at night? if they'd had that when i started i'd have not got a job as drove a truck and and when first got i started v'early in morn. What they should do is be able to take courses on things like skid pans/fast cornering/driving on snow types and learn throttle control instead of on/off positions with throttle&brakes.

It is imperative that young and inexperienced drivers undertake further education. IAM offers this through Skills For Life. However even when younger drivers pass the advanced driver test many insurance companies ignore this. Even SAGA follows suit. The insurance industry is somewhat hypercritical especially in respect of Otto Thorensen's statements. I am pleased that M way training is to be part of a revised examination.