Insure Safer Driving
Monday 24th June 2013, Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall - ingenie hosted over 100 guests including journalists, TV, road safety experts and our insurance partners to debate the future of road safety for young drivers ahead of the government publishing their much anticipated green paper.
BBC's Jon Sopel was our host, and introduced our first guest speaker, Max Mosley - Chairman of Global NCAP, former boss of the FIA and someone who has done so much to improve road safety.
Jon then introduced ingenie ambassador and investor Gary Lineker who described his own experiences as a father of four sons and the nervousness he had when his boys took to the road for the first time - but how using ingenie gave him peace of mind.
TV presenter Sophie Morgan talked about her car crash which left her paralysed and the work she is now doing to campaign for better education for young drivers.
Then our CEO Richard King spoke passionately on how the vast majority of our community have improved their driving, and therefore reduced the number of crashes.
Finally, former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson explained what we hope to see in the Government's Green Paper.
Together the speakers highlighted the need for:
- Tools such as Drive iQ to help improve young people's risk assessment and hazard perception
- A minimum number of hours that is required before learner drivers are permitted to take their test
- Post test monitoring systems such as ingenie to help young drivers continue to improve both their driving skills and attitude
What then followed was a debate on the future of road safety, chaired by Jon.
Panellists from left to right:
- Dr Lisa Dorn – Cranfield University
- Adrian Walsh – Director of RoadSafe
- Ian McIntosh – CEO, RED Driving School
- Bob Skerrett – Global Telematics Lead, RSA
- Andy Watson – CEO, Ageas UK
- Steve Broughton – Chairman, ingenie
- Jon Sopel - Host and BBC presenter
When the Government finally presents their Green Paper, we hope they will have taken on board some of the opinions and advice laid out today from experts in the private sector.
Thanks to everyone who attended and for their contribution.
27 June 2013, London – On Monday young driver insurer ingenie pulled together a coalition of experts and high-profile individuals to call for more to be done to improve young driver road safety.
Former FIA President Max Mosley, sports presenter and father of four Gary Lineker, TV presenter Sophie Morgan who was paralysed in a car crash, broadcaster Jon Sopel, motoring journalist Quentin Willson and ingenie CEO Richard King all spoke at length about the need for more to be done, with more sensible, thoughtful proposals that embrace private sector innovation to be put forward.
This was followed by a live expert panel debate including Steve Broughton, ingenie Chairman, Andy Watson the CEO of Ageas, Bob Skerrett, Global Telematics Lead from RSA, Ian McIntosh CEO of RED Driving School, Dr Lisa Dorn a Driver Behaviour expert from Cranfield University and Adrian Walsh of RoadSafe.
The discussion came ahead of the government's green paper on young driver safety, which was due out on Tuesday June 25 but has now been postponed to the autumn.The outcome of the event called for three broad changes, which will now be lobbied for by the high-profile group:
1. Before the test
2. While learning to drive
3. After the test
Car crashes remain the single bigger killer of under 30s. Speakers at the event believe that private sector innovators can play a major part in reducing the number of serious deaths and injuries that young drivers have on the road.
As an insurer that gathers data on its policyholders' driving trends using a black box, ingenie has unique insight on how young drivers really behave on our roads.
Speaking at the event, Richard King, founder and CEO of ingenie said: 'We are disappointed that the government has delayed the publication of this green paper. The issue has never been more important or topical. Split-second mistakes are causing life-changing injuries to kids on a daily basis. Car crashes are still the biggest killer of people under 30. We can, must - and have been doing something smart about it.'
Max Mosley said: “We must continue to champion the cause of road safety. If the government made black box insurance mandatory, I'd be against it on the grounds of civil liberties. But if a young person chooses to have it to prove they are a good driver and receive cheaper insurance then what is the problem? If a 17 year old drives like a 50 year old then it seems logical to me they should pay the same for their insurance, and this is what technology like ingenie allows and incentivises them to do.“
Jon Sopel said: “What I've never quite understood is why, when my children were small, there was an incredible emphasis on cycling proficiency at school - but at 17 when they embarked upon the vastly more dangerous task of learning to driver – nothing.“
Sophie Morgan said: “My message is really to young people themselves. I just want to say, please think about the responsibility you have to your friends – when you get in the car to drive your friends around you are taking their lives in your hands – so if you aren't thinking about yourself please, please think about them.“
Gary Lineker said: “I feel passionately about helping young drivers stay safe on the road. What I've come to appreciate through my involvement with ingenie is how much parents can help get young people ready for the road. It's got to be more than just financial support through the process of learning to drive - it's got to be a team effort.“
Quentin Willson said: “The young driver problem is an urgent social issue. We need a seismic change in young driver education. Technology such as ingenie, that acts as a co-pilot, can help us deliver this. We should embrace this black box technology to help young drivers improve. It is the private sector that must succeed where the government has consistently failed.“