Friday, 26 October 2012

IAM comment on government response to transport select committee

The IAM is continuing its call for post-test training for young drivers in the light of the government's response to the transport select committee.1

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said:  "We welcome the MPs' call for more central government responsibility.  We want to see national targets to reduce death and injuries on Britain's roads.  Getting rid of them was a mistake."

"We support a review of driver training, especially for young drivers.  The current system of learning to drive abandons them when they need help most – in the first six months of solo driving. Post-test training in the first 12 to 18 months after passing the driving test would save lives. Having analysed systems of post-test training from other countries, we know that the best examples have reduced young male deaths by almost 30 per cent2*."

The IAM wants to see accredited training offered to young drivers in the first 12 to 18 months after passing the basic driving test.

This would include:

  • Training by qualified instructors. 
  • An initial on-road assessment to gain knowledge of their experience and to highlight any deficiencies. 
  • Off-road practice in handling in the wet, speed into corners and the impact of speed on stopping distances. 
  • Benefits such as cheaper insurance for young drivers who complete the training.

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