27% of young male drivers crash within first year
This was the startling headline delivered by the chair of the Transport Select Committee, Mrs. Louise Ellman MP, in a road safety debate at Westminster Hall this afternoon.
Mrs. Ellman described the worrying rise in road accidents since 2011, bucking the otherwise downward trend on UK roads since 2003.
'This should be a wake-up call for the government to provide stronger leadership in road safety,' she said.
Most alarming, were the figures relating specifically to young drivers:
- In 2011, 148 young drivers died and 412 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers, accounting for 22% of all road fatalities
- 4894 people were killed or seriously injured in an incident involving young drivers
- 27% of 17-19 year-old males have a crash within the first year of driving
Mrs Ellman said: 'These are shocking statistics and behind every statistic, lies a human tragedy. Improving the safety of young drivers must be a priority and it must be addressed urgently.'
Research shows that telematics can significantly reduce crash rates and risky driving behaviours. And I welcome the number of insurers that are making use of this technology.
Stephen Hammond MP, Minister for Transport
Stephen Hammond, MP for Transport outlined several proposed changes to the law including:
- To make careless driving a fixed penalty notice offence, allowing police more power to deal with dangerous driving habits at source
- Setting a minimum number of lessons before a learner can take their test
- Some form of motorway driving tuition for learner drivers
- Incentivise post-test training
He announced that the answers to these questions would be covered in the Government's Green Paper on road safety, likely to be published in June before the summer recess.
If we had 6 people dying every day on planes and trains, we'd have public enquiry after public enquiry. This many people are dying on our roads and we need to make this issue more of a priority.
Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP