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Passenger restrictions could cut young driver road casualties by a third says the ABI

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) is calling for restrictions on the number of young passengers that young, newly qualified drivers can carry. Every year 1200 young drivers are killed or seriously injured on UK roads.

Giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee today (26 March), Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, told MPs:

"Inexperience is the biggest danger facing young motorists, but peer pressure is a close second. Our evidence shows that an 18 year-old novice driver is three times as likely to be involved in a collision than a driver in their forties. In the USA, the crash risk for young drivers nearly doubles with two young passengers in the car, and trebles for three passengers.

"Passenger restrictions in the USA have cut the young driver accident rate by over a third. This is why we want to see drivers under 20 in the UK able to carry no more than one teenage passenger for six months after passing their test. This will help turn today's young drivers into safer motorists of tomorrow."

Last updated 01/07/2016