A motoring charity has called for compulsory post-test training to help save the lives of young drivers.
The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) points to figures from Austria, where the approach has led to a 30% reduction in young driver fatalities.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive officer, said: “We need no reminding that 17 to 25 year olds – particularly young men – proportionally have more crashes and suffer more death and injury on our roads than any other group.
“Despite this, very little is being done to ensure that young people improve their driving after passing the test.
“The high numbers of young drivers who continue to be killed or seriously injured graphically highlights the need for legislation that insists on post-test training that embraces all kinds of roads; especially rural roads on which young people are suffering so disproportionately.”
The IAM is writing to Under Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning MP, raising the urgent need for post-test training.
The charity wants to see a second phase of short coaching sessions and driving practice off the public highway made compulsory within a year of the test pass, similar to Austria where there are legal requirements for all novice drivers to undertake further assessment and training.
In the meantime, the IAM will launch a new low-cost assessment called Momentum in the new year.
Momentum will offer young drivers an assessment with an IAM examiner early in their development, which will help improve confidence, raise awareness and reduce risk on the road.
The IAM is an independent road safety charity dedicated to raising driving standards, engaging with the road-using public and influencing road safety policy.
For more information visit www.iam.org.uk
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