Young Car Drivers May Possibly Face Passenger Limitations

MPs could possibly give consideration to actions to prohibit new motorists in England and Wales from transporting anyone else except family members as passengers, reports have suggested.

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said to the Media he was focusing on ways of lowering traffic accidents involving young and inexperienced motorists.

Insurance companies believe that pressure from peers on young drivers can lead them taking more risks.

The Association of British Insurers says young drivers aged 17-24 make up a disproportionately high number of insurance claims, incidents and deaths.

They say a 17-year-old is more than three times as likely as a 48-year-old to be involved in an accident, and that 32% of individuals killed in vehicle accidents were younger then 25. That was
regardless of the fact that drivers younger than 25 account for only 14% of all motorists.

Other European nations, who have imposed these laws, say their particular experience shows that they are generally self-policing”

Young drivers who have passed their driving test in the last year, point out that sometimes pressure from friends is put on them to go quickly or to show off.There may also be a recommendation from Ministers as to whether they should consider a limitation on whether someone should not carry other passengers for six months when they have first passed their test.

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