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Insurers make proposals to reduce young driver deaths

A new coalition of insurance companies, road safety groups and motoring organizations has made radical proposals aimed at lowering the high numbers of young drivers killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads.

The coalition, fronted by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), has recommended a minimum learning period before young drivers take their driving test. The coalition said that a one-year minimum learning period would cut road casualties by 1,000 each year.

Proposals also included measures to limit the number of passengers carried by young drivers during the first few months of driving. Experience in California and elsewhere suggests this would cut casualties dramatically.

The ABI also proposed that measures should be taken to reduce the amount of time young drivers spend driving at night. Over half of accidents involving young drivers occur at night, and some insurers already offer lower premiums to young drivers who only drive during the day.

Every day, four people are killed or seriously injured in crashes involving young drivers. The trend is getting worse not better. We urge the government to adopt these proposals to improve safety on our roads and reduce this tragic loss of life, said Stephen Haddrill, director general of the ABI.

The ABI proposals are backed by the RAC Foundation, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, and road safety groups Brake, RoadSafe and the Make Roads Safe Campaign.