The Northern Ireland Assembly has recently introduced a package of measures designed to change the way young people learn to drive.
Following this news, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called on the UK Government to take similar action and implement a package of reforms that would include:
These are all critical components of a Graduated Driver Licensing scheme, which are designed to provide new drivers with driving experience and skills over a longer period of time.
The ABI says that:
"The Northern Ireland Executive’s introduction of a package of measures to change the way young people learn to drive is a meaningful and progressive reform that sets an example for the rest of the UK,” said James Dalton, Head of Motor and Liability at the ABI. “For too long politicians have failed to grasp the nettle of changing the young driver testing and training system. This not only fails young people but all road users.”
“While the reform in Northern Ireland falls short of the full measures the ABI is calling for, the Executive is to be applauded that, while Westminster sits on its hands, they have introduced a package of measures based on the international evidence that Graduated Driver Licensing works,” he added.
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