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  • PM pledges to look at introducing graduated licences for new drivers
    Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart called GDL long overdue
    Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's assurance to look at introducing a graduated licensing (GDL) scheme for young drivers, citing it as being long overdue.

    Mrs May said;

    "There are too many people who suffer a loss and tragedy at the hands of learner drivers and we will certainly look at that."

    Labour MP Jenny Chapman told MPs that one in four young drivers was involved in an accident within the first two years of starting to drive during Prime Minister's Questions.

    Although very few learner drivers are actually responsible for deaths, IAM RoadSmart strongly supports a review of the way we equip new drivers to cope with the first few dangerous months of driving on their own. Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK today, but IAM RoadSmart do not think that they are treated with the same urgency as knife or drug crime.

    IAM RoadSmart has a full manifesto of what it would like to see for new drivers on the road, click to read it here.

    IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said;

    "Too many young drivers pass the practical test unprepared for the road so any GDL scheme must focus on building experience in all traffic conditions.

    "GDL shouldn't stop at the practical test and IAM RoadSmart supports post-test check-ups to embed learning and help new drivers negotiate our stressful roads."
    All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Feb 9 2018