ABI proposes safety measures for new drivers

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has proposed a number of safety standards for new drivers, which they say would reduce deaths from road traffic accidents and lower insurance premiums for young people.

ABI director general, Otto Thorensen, says that "young newly qualified drivers are at a much higher risk of having a serious crash on our roads", and that their insurance premiums reflect this. Statistics suggest that nearly a half (49%) of 17-year-old males have a road traffic accident in their first 6 months of driving. A 17 to 18-year-old driver in the UK will pay on average £1,800 for car insurance, and in Northern Ireland the average is even higher. The ABI has proposed a number of measures to encourage safer driving among young drivers, and says premiums would come down as a result.

Some of the things the ABI have proposed to the government are:

  • Introduction of a one year minimum learning period for younger drivers
  • Zero tolerance for blood alcohol levels in newly qualified drivers
  • Restrictions on driving in the dark for newly qualified drivers
  • Limit to number of passengers new drivers can have in their car

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