GEM comment on young driver safety and graduated driver licensing

Posted on July 18th, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist

GEM comment on young driver safety and graduated driver licensing


Commenting on today’s government announcement that it intends exploring the issue of graduated driver licensing as part of an attempt to make young drivers safer, GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said:


“Graduated driver licensing (GDL) adds that all-important intermediate element between learner and full licence holder, and allows new drivers to build up their skills and experience over a period of time, using clearly-marked stages.


“Where versions of GDL are already in place, the reduction in young and novice driver collisions has been remarkable. For example, research from TRL shows that 16-year-old drivers in the USA who learnt to drive through GDL systems 15 years ago had 37 per cent fewer crashes than those who followed other systems.


“Elsewhere, following the introduction of GDL in New Zealand, injuries from road traffic collisions reduced by almost a quarter for 15- to 19-year olds.


“GEM believes a graduated driver licensing system should be implemented across the UK without delay, and should include the following key components:

  • a minimum learning period of 12 months before taking a practical test
  • drivers should hold ‘novice’ status for two years after passing the test
  • a ban on novice drivers carrying passengers aged under 25
  • a night-time driving curfew, unless driving to or from work
  • automatic disqualification for any driving offence