RoSPA Draws on Support in Calls for a Manifesto Pledge to Save Young Drivers’ Lives

RoSPA Draws on Support in Calls for a Manifesto Pledge to Save Young Drivers’ Lives

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is leading a coalition of supporters, calling on all major political parties to include a manifesto pledge committing to the safety of young drivers.

During the build up to the general election on 7th May 2015, RoSPA representatives will lobby every party at Westminster for a Green Paper recommending new measures to improve young driver safety.

Influential backers are outspoken in their support for changes

The safety charity has the backing of some very influential organisations on its list of supporters, among which are the Association of British Insurers and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, both of whom have been outspoken supporters of new safety measures.

A Green Paper recommending a graduated licensing scheme for new drivers was initially expected to be published in 2013, following research by the Transport Research Laboratory. 4 Young Drivers has reported regularly on its progress, but by December 2013, and after repeated delays, the paper was effectively shelved when ministers announced they were still “wrestling with issues”.

An imminent general election is perhaps a good time to resurrect interest in the topic. Some of the suggestions for improving young driver safety are certainly going to provoke controversy (such as a longer period of supervised driving and a night-time curfew). However, with all political parties keen to be seen to tackle tough issues during pre-election campaigning, the RoSPA-led coalition has timed its own campaign well.

"It's imperative we take a more radical approach to reduce casualties"

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “Far too many young lives are being lost on our roads each year, so it is imperative that we take a more radical approach in order to reduce the number of casualties.  

“As part of our dedication to saving lives and reducing injuries, we are calling on all political parties to include a commitment in their election manifestos to publish a Green Paper on young drivers. We believe a comprehensive package of complementary measures is needed to improve the safety of some of our most vulnerable road users.”  

RoSPA reports that 17 to 24 year olds account for around 20% of all road deaths and are involved in far more accidents than older drivers, despite driving fewer miles.

Tags: Graduated Driving Licences, RoSPA, Young Driver Safety

Released On 12th Mar 2015

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