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Green paper for young drivers needed much sooner, says IAM

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As the Conservative party meet in Manchester for their annual conference, road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is calling on the party to publish their much promised Green Paper on new drivers as soon as possible.

Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK today.  In 2011, 412 people died in incidents involving young drivers. Over the past four months since the government’s initial announcement to publish a green paper that would mean 137 17 to 25 year olds have been killed. Any delay in a review of our learner driver system means more young licence holders will die on the roads.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “The UK has the safest roads in the world but with so many crashes involving new drivers, there is a clear urgency for the government to address the issues young people face on the roads. We must all do our bit to assist and make sure our road users are safe.  A Green Paper is a once in a generation opportunity to refresh our system of learning to drive and deliver long lasting benefits in road safety for all.”

www.iam.org.uk

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