RoSPA back calls for graduated driving license

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is backing calls for graduated driver licensing, to help cut the number of young drivers killed or injured on the UK’s roads.

It is one of a range of potentially-lifesaving initiatives that RoSPA would like to see included in a Green Paper on young drivers, in a bid to save the hundreds of 17 to 24 year olds killed or injured on the roads every year - 131 were killed in 2013, while 1,159 were left with serious injuries.

RoSPA has written to all major political parties, asking them to agree to a Green Paper on young drivers and include it in their manifestos ahead of the General Election. Graduated driver licensing is a part of this, along with telematics (or black box technology) and enhanced training. It is backed by 24 influencers, charities and organisations.

T om Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said:

“Far too many young lives are being lost on our roads each year, so it is imperative that we take a more radical approach in order to reduce the number of casualties.

“As part of our dedication to saving lives and reducing injuries, we are calling on all political parties to include a commitment in their election manifestos to publish a Green Paper on young drivers.”

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