The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published a series of key recommendations it believes could have considerable benefits for future road safety in the UK.
Targeting the implementation of a new graduated learning and licensing scheme for new motorists, the ABI revealed some shocking statistics to back its claim that forthright action now needs to be taken in this area.
At present, car crashes continue to be the most common cause of accidental death in the UK for young people aged from 15 to 24, while more than one in five 18 to 24-year-olds (23 per cent) will be involved in an accident within two years of passing their driving test.
Furthermore, figures from the Department for Transport showed that 131 young drivers were killed on the nation's roads and 1,159 were left with serious injuries after being involved in road-traffic incidents in 2013.
Manager of general insurance policy at the ABI Rob Cummings argued: "This is not just an insurance problem but a problem for all society. The international evidence clearly demonstrates how effective graduated driving licensing is in reducing the deaths on the road for young drivers."
The ABI's proposed new measures are:
- A minimum one-year learning period for all new drivers, with the facility to start learning from the age of 16-and-a-half.
- Restrictions on the number of passengers for all newly-qualified drivers.
- A zero alcohol limit for all new motorists and for road users aged between 18 and 24.
It is hoped that by focusing on a graduated path to learning, new drivers will be more likely to build the the experience necessary to take to the roads in a safe and responsible manner.
Mr Cummings concluded: "Reducing the toll of death and serious injury affecting young people on our roads needs to be comprehensively addressed. It will take more than road safety messages to save lives."
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