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IAM comment on government response to transport select committee

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The IAM is continuing its call for post-test training for young drivers in the light of the government’s response to the transport select committee.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said:  “We welcome the MPs’ call for more central government responsibility.  We want to see national targets to reduce death and injuries on Britain’s roads.  Getting rid of them was a mistake. We support a review of driver training, especially for young drivers.  The current system of learning to drive abandons them when they need help most – in the first six months of solo driving. Post-test training in the first 12 to 18 months after passing the driving test would save lives. Having analysed systems of post-test training from other countries, we know that the best examples have reduced young male deaths by almost 30 per cent2*.”  

The IAM wants to see accredited training offered to young drivers in the first 12 to 18 months after passing the basic driving test.  

This would include:  
• Training by qualified instructors.
• An initial on-road assessment to gain knowledge of their experience and to highlight any deficiencies.
• Off-road practice in handling in the wet, speed into corners and the impact of speed on stopping distances.
• Benefits such as cheaper insurance for young drivers who complete the training.

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