EDM 184 GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING

Williams, Roger

That this House recognises that the number of road traffic accidents involving young people has increased over recent years; notes that the introduction of graduated driver licences in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the USA and some European countries has reduced the number of deaths and injuries associated with young drivers; acknowledges that the introduction of these schemes has proved popular with many young drivers in other countries by giving them a sense of empowerment and confidence in their driving ability; further notes that the introduction of a similar scheme in the UK would lead to a reduction in the number of people killed on British roads, particularly young people; understands that the introduction of a scheme could result in an estimated 15 fewer deaths, 1,000 fewer casualties and a saving to the economy of £56 million each year in Wales alone; and calls on the Department for Transport to look at ways in which a pilot scheme could be introduced in the UK to determine the impact it would have on road safety.

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