Lawford Kidd, Personal Injury Solicitors

Expert claims & compensation solicitors. We can help you if you have suffered an accident or injury in Scotland. Call us on 0808 258 1233 or fill in our online contact form.

Preventing Death and Injury on the Roads

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:

  • Introducing a 12 month minimum learning period.
  • Developing a more structured syllabus.
  • Introducing a restricted phase where there is a limit of the number of passengers a new driver can carry, the time of the day they drive and a lowering of the blood alcohol limit.

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 single biggest cause of accidental death of young people aged 15-24 is dying in a car.
  • In 2012, 5,021 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of accidents involving at least one young car driver.
  • As many as 15 families everyday are devastated by car crashes involving young drivers.
  • 40% of 17 year old males have an accident in their first six months of driving.

"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.

Contact our Injury Solicitors in Scotland

For specialist personal injury claims advice in Scotland, including advice on road traffic injury claims, contact us today: click here to make an online enquiry or call us on 0131 516 9180.

Court Reform Bill Advances but Questions Raised
Lawford Kidd's submissions published in Justice Co...

Related Posts

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Get 100% compensation! Start your claim here

Our expert injury lawyers will review your claim and get back to you shortly.
Please let us know your name.
Please let us know your email address.
Please write a subject for your message.
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Motor Accident Solicitors Society Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
We use cookies

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.