Government should reconsider GDL

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Car insurance provider, Admiral, is calling on the UK Government to do more to help young drivers instead of viewing car insurance as a ‘nice little earner’.


Admiral’s Young Driver Report looks into the difficulties that learner drivers must overcome in order to get there, from the costs of lessons to insurance premiums. 


Admiral Group’s CEO, David Stevens, urged ministers to “seriously consider” graduated driver licencing in the UK, to help drivers build their skills and experience gradually. 


The report outlines the financial and social hurdles faced by young motorists. 

Stevens said, ““Passing your driving test and getting on the road is a huge step towards independence for so many teenagers in the UK.


“Young people often have to drive to access the educational and employment opportunities that are vital to their future success, but as our report shows young drivers face a range of challenges, from the cost of getting on the road to the relatively high number of new drivers having accidents.


“We also need to assess how we tackle the early months on the road to make sure young drivers are fully prepared for driving alone. 


“Graduated licencing, for example, is something we should seriously consider to cut the number of new drivers that kill or seriously injure themselves and other road users.”

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