30 December 2016
James Hillon, Director of Products at the Co-op Insurance, said: “Any step to potentially make our roads and communities safer is a positive one that should be supported, therefore we welcome the announcement that learner drivers will be allowed on to motorways for the first time, if new government plans are approved.
“Our research shows that one in three young drivers said that despite passing the test they did not feel ready to take to the roads, whilst three-quarters wanted motorway driving to be tested.
“It’s extremely important for road safety that anyone who passes their driving test, regardless of age, feels comfortable and equipped to drive on the roads unsupervised as newly-qualified drivers are facing busier road conditions than any other generation.
“Plans to introduce a mandatory minimum 120 hours behind the wheel before sitting their test will help prepare drivers for taking to the road, however given the pressures of rising Insurance Premium Tax and the cost of driving lessons, the need to balance the financial burden for young drivers must be carefully considered.”
Notes to editors
*Research with 1,000 young drivers aged 17-25, conducted by ICM Unlimited.
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