New post-test driver training on the way

JonathanMay 13, 2011

Van leasing customers in the UK who are worried about road safety could find comfort in the news that the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is hoping to help the government develop a new post-test driver training scheme.

The new initiative would replace the current pass plus offering and would be aimed at reducing the number of serious and fatal accidents on Britain’s highways and byways.

There would be particular emphasis on educating young drivers, with figures from 2009 showing that young people made up more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all driver fatalities.

With more than 2,000 youngsters injured or killed in just 12 months, IAM chief executive Simon Best said the government is right to focus on new drivers in its ten-year road safety campaign.

“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 cent,” Mr Best explained.

IAM wants to see training offered to all young motorists in the first year to 18 months of their driving career.

Meanwhile, transport committee chairwoman Louise Ellman has suggested that the UK needs to be more ready to deal with harsh weather this winter.


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