This week, PM Theresa May has said that she will be asking the Department for Transport to have a look at a proposal of a ‘graduated licence’. This is a plan that would mean drivers who have held a licence for less than 2 years and are 17-24, could see restrictions such as lower speed limits, nighttime curfews and restrictions on how many passengers they can have in the car with them.
What is a graduated licence?
Graduated licences ad similar limits are already being used in different parts of the world, including Ireland, New Zealand and the US. New drivers under the age of 25 have been banned from driving at night, and are restricted to lower speed limits. Other moves in the plan could also restrict the engine size and power output of the cars young people are permitted to drive.
When will this happen?
This scheme is not yet set in stone. The Prime Minister has stated she will be looking at the request and would ask the DfT to look at it as an issue. There have been ongoing calls to reform driving education. The recent change to the driving test was to help new drivers be better prepared for situations they’re likely to see out on the road.
What we think of the proposal
Here at Marmalade, we support any initiative that improves young driver safety on the roads – however, we don’t believe that imposing restrictions like curfews or lower speed limits, is the answer. We believe that a mandatory use of black box technology for young drivers, in their first two years of driving, would be as effective to hone the safe driving skills and improve confidence behind the wheel – empowering the young drivers to become safer drivers, rather than imposing unfair restrictions.
Using black box technology really does work – our New Driver Insurance customers are 3 times safer on the road than the national average. According to National Statistics 1 in 5 young drivers have an accident in the first 6 months after passing their test, however, 1 in 15 Marmalade drivers have an accident within 6 months of their policy start date (based on Marmalade New Driver Insurance policies incepted 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017).
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