AA Trust adds weight to fresh calls for graduated drivers licensing

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As part of its call for the UK to introduce graduated driver licensing, The AA Charitable Trust has pledged support for new national campaign outlining priorities for the next government.

The AA Charitable Trust has signed up to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) campaign calling for immediate and strategic action to address the persistent issue of road fatalities and serious injuries in the UK.

PACTS focus on a graduated licensing system is in line with the AA’s own Motoring Manifesto call to reduce road deaths by imposing restrictions on new drivers, such as restricting passengers for six months after passing their test.

The latest national statistics show young drivers were involved in a fifth of all crashes in which someone was killed or seriously injured.

Edmund King, Director of The AA Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted to support PACTS’ manifesto. It provides clear, pragmatic focus to tackle some of the biggest risks on our roads.

“We urgently need to address the issue of young driver deaths. Imposing restrictions on things like carrying passengers in the immediate months after passing their driving test will help, not only by removing the distraction of passengers from the driver, but also in removing the risk of being the passenger in the car with a peer-aged driver.

“We know young drivers face a disproportionate risk compared to older drivers. We are doing them a disservice by not ensuring the legislative framework supports their safety when they are at their most vulnerable as a driver.”

2 thoughts on “AA Trust adds weight to fresh calls for graduated drivers licensing”

  1. Paul Goodman

    I think graduating to a full licence is a good idea if that is being proposed; certainly driving standards still need raising one way or another. A new driver can do just about enough to scrape through a driving test, but still need development as they are lacking in safety that a 35-40 minute test drive may not expose (some test route environments are either not suitably challenging, or some examiners are inconsistent). I was almost hit by a new driver this week by a recently test passed young driver who drifted (straddled) into my side of the road on a 2 lane roundabout as I turned right. She had no idea of her position and of surrounding traffic. I used my horn to alert her and had to brake to avoid contact; she looked at me and expressed that she didn’t seem to know what she was doing wrong. I wonder how some drivers pass their test in the first place. Maybe the very high 15 driving faults pass level should also be reduced to a maximum of 10 in the short term.

  2. Kevan Chippindall-Higgin

    Graduated licensing will not work. What is needed is proper education. The entire current set up is a complete joke.

    I have known people pass the theory never having even heard of the Highway Code, never mind opening it. The HC is an excellent reference book but learing it is rather like memorising the dictionary and then imagining one can speak the language. The theory test is superficial at best. What is the traditional British breakfast? Bacon and eggs. Congratulations, you have passed. By the way, what does an egg look like? Dunno.

    If we were serious about road safety, the theory side would be a proper evening class college course with lots of mid term exams finishing with the big one at the end, a combination of multiple guess and free hand answers.

    Training should culminate with 4 tests run by a suitably trained ADI – Urban, rural, national speed limit dual carriageway and night. Only then can the candidate attend the Ministry test.

    New drivers should be re-tested between 18 and 24 months and all drivers should be tested at card renewal time. To get a new card, a poper eye sight test should be submitted. From 70, a medical would also be required.

    Instructors should pass the Diploma in Driver Education before getting their ticket. The PDI system is something of a nonsense in that it is totally uncontrolled.

    Very simply, 1,750 deaths a year is outrageously high. This would never be accepted in any other field of human endeavour and from my own research, I am totally convinced that the reason our deaths have remained static for the last 13 years has nothing to do with the excellence of our driving and everthing to do with the excellence of paramedics.

    However, because we have the lowest deaths, fighting it out with Sweden and Denmark, our ministers reckon we are doing a great job. We are not.

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