October 8, 2012


Driving insurance companies in Britain are calling for new drivers to face driving restrictions but also to face rigorous driver training, including starting six months earlier than the current age of 17.

The Association of British Insurers say: 17-24 year olds are responsible for a disproportionately high number of crashes and claims.

Insurers are looking for a number of changes including:

A graduate licence for new drivers, which they will hold for six months after passing the test

Newly qualified drivers to be restricted, including not driving between 11pm and 4am

Young drivers would be able to start their tuition from 16 and a half

No blood alcohol allowed during the first six months

Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: “We are already working with young people, the industry and other key stakeholders to identify what can be done to ensure that newly-qualified drivers are properly prepared and drive safely.”

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