IAM calls for introduction of graduated licences

Written by: Fuel Card Services, Last updated:11th August 2020

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IAM RoadSmart believes the introduction of Graduated Driving Licences is needed to improve road safety in the UK.

The body has responded to the publication of the latest road accident statistics, which show the number of serious injuries and deaths on UK roads are not being reduced.

Gradual introduction for new drivers

IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “These figures underline the critical need to accelerate delivery of policies such a Graduated Driving Licences.

“The government road safety statement … highlights many of the issues but was very short on actions.”

Setting out the actions it believes would help to improve road safety for new drivers, IAM has called for:

  • A 12-month minimum learning period for all new drivers
  • Introduction of a ‘post’ or ‘second-stage test’ to provide a refresher to all motorists once they have been driving for a set period
  • Graduated licence controls that only allow certain driving behaviours after motorists have been driving for a year, such as limits on peer passengers/lower blood alcohol limit

It is hoped these measures would provide more sustained support for new drivers and give them a gradual introduction to driving after passing their test.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Reducing the number of road deaths each year is an enormous responsibility and the idea of graduated licences and the other measures from the IAM could help to improve new driver standards.”