The Driving Instructors Association believes a more holistic approach, not just a graduated licence scheme, is needed to cut the risk of people being killed and injured on our roads.
The Department for Transport has set out its action plan to cut road deaths. Measures suggested include graduated driver licensing and a behaviour change campaign designed to encourage learner drivers to broaden their experience before taking their test.
While the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) is encouraged by the focus on key areas of learner and novice driver development, it believes more is needed for new drivers to be safe on our roads.
The DIA’s chief executive Carly Brookfield said: “Rural driving, independent driving, night time driving and driving with distraction are still key areas of concern with young drivers.
“While we can see how measures like graduated licensing are designed to mitigate these risks, DIA has been urging government to consider the more holistic approach of graduated learning whereby we mandate key aspects of learning to drive, such as motorway driving, rural roads, night time driving and driving with distraction before the test, rather than seeking to merely restrict exposure post test.
“There is an element of graduated licensing delivered in isolation that is arguably a stable door, horse bolted scenario. Even with licence restrictions there is still going to be a cohort of drivers who will take risks. If they haven’t had the necessary exposure and training in those areas of risk pre-test, they won’t be able to handle them post-test.
“We should also be under no illusion they will not take risks, as the fear of getting caught breaking graduated licence restrictions is probably fairly low among novice drivers. This will continue if we don’t significantly increase road-policing resources, especially to meet the added challenge graduated licensing will bring to traffic enforcement. Graduated licensing has struggled with enforcement in countries where it has been implemented.
“We need graduated learning, better pre-test training and increased road traffic policing capacity because if there isn’t more perceived likelihood of getting caught, they will still take the risks. Without better training in the pre-test period, they won’t be able to handle them.”
Source: ADI News
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