Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, a provider of cars and telematics-based insurance, doesn’t think that cutting the cost of the theory test by £6 will solve the issues facing young people wanting to drive, although it is a step in the right direction.
The news that the Government is going to reduce the cost of a theory test by £6 is nice, but that’s it. It’s a mere drop in the ocean when looking at the cost of getting a young driver on the road today, including lessons, insurance, fuel: the list goes on.
To be honest, while I applaud anything that reduces the costs for young people and their families, this smacks of a PR stunt ahead of the election to try and get voters buy-in. Aside from being largely ineffective in terms of helping young people with the costs of driving, I really can’t see it resulting in more young people turning out to the polling stations (which may well cost more than £6 to get to).
While reducing significant costs is a really important area, politicians should be focused on getting the Green Paper published. It has already been postponed several times over the last few years, but, once agreed upon, has the power to make the roads a safer place – surely something too important to delay.
The issue with the Green Paper is down to sticking points over items such as curfews. We don’t believe in curfews for younger drivers, but we do believe in making it safer and more affordable to get on the road so that young people can enjoy the freedom afforded to them by driving. If nothing else, young drivers with cars have more job prospects so let’s focus on the big issues affecting the sector and leave the insignificant PR stunts to one side.
It’s a baby step in the right direction when we need some giant leaps.