A petition has been launched not to lower the legal age of driving but to ensure school children are taught about driving from a younger age.
Adding driving to the school curriculum could save 400 lives every year on the UK’s roads. The petition is supported by major motoring organisations including the Association of British Insurers, the RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Driving Instructor’s Association.
The scheme’s supporters say providing lessons in the classroom and practical driving courses would help save the lives of the most vulnerable group of drivers.
Another benefit of the scheme would be to cut the number of deaths of young people travelling in cars driven by other young people aged 17 to 24. A quarter of all road deaths in the UK involve drivers or passengers aged 15 to 19.