With an average of four young drivers killed or seriously injured on UK roads every day, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called on the government to act to cut the number of accidents.
According to the ABI, young male drivers are up to ten times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers with more experience, leading the organisation to call for the government to introduce a learning programme designed to improve the skills and awareness of new drivers.
In addition, the ABI's director general Stephen Haddrill told an audience of more than 50 MPs: "It is also vital to restrict the number of passengers novice drivers can carry. A young driver is three times as likely to be killed if carrying three or more passengers.
"Our proposals have worked elsewhere – in USA and Sweden – and it is time they were adopted here."
These latest comments come soon after a study found that car insurance
premiums for young drivers have increased by 22 per cent over the past three years, pricing many young people out of motoring.
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