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ABI campaign for safe young drivers

Campaigning for radical changes to the driving test, to make our roads safer for everyone

Young people are dying on our roads and the current approach to learning to drive and driving tests does little to help them become safe, secure drivers.

  • The single biggest cause of accidental death of young people aged 15-24 is getting in a car and dying in a crash.
  • In 2011, 5419 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of accidents involving at least one young car driver (aged 16-25).
  • 40% of 17-year-old males have an accident in their first six months of driving.

The Campaign for Safe Young Drivers wants radical change to the driving test system – to make the roads safer for under 25s and everyone else.

We're calling for:

  • one-year minimum learning period
  • limiting the number of passengers allowed in a car with a new young driver
  • curfew on night-time driving
  • zero tolerance on alcohol


Campaign briefing

Download full campaign briefing outlining how the proposed changes to learning to drive will work.

Does the public support the proposed changes?

In a survey carried out by YouGov between 25 August and 3 September 2012:

  • 76% of people agreed that there should be restrictions on young drivers after passing their driving test
  • 71% supported restricting the number of young passengers that newly qualified young drivers are allowed to carry
  • 58% of people supported restrictions on night-time driving (11 pm – 4 am) for newly qualified young drivers
  • 57% agreed with a minimum 12-month learning period before taking the driving test to enable young drivers to gain more supervised practice

Safer drivers means lower insurance costs

Changing the way young people learn to drive and making young drivers safer will also have an impact on the cost of motor insurance premiums. The current cost of insurance for young people reflects the high number of accidents, injuries and deaths that young drivers are involved in, so not only will these new rules make them safer, it will also lead to cheaper car insurance over time.


Read the latest blogs on Young Drivers on ABI Opinionated.