Green paper for young drivers needed much sooner, says IAM

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As the Conservative party meet in Manchester for their annual conference, road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is calling on the party to publish their much promised Green Paper on new drivers as soon as possible.

As the Conservative party meet in Manchester for their annual conference, road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is calling on the party to publish their much promised Green Paper on new drivers as soon as possible.

Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK today. In 2011, 412 people died in incidents involving young drivers. Over the past four months since the government’s initial announcement to publish a green paper that would mean 137 17 to 25 year olds have been killed. Any delay in a review of our learner driver system means more young licence holders will die on the roads, says IAM.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “The UK has the safest roads in the world but with so many crashes involving new drivers, there is a clear urgency for the government to address the issues young people face on the roads. We must all do our bit to assist and make sure our road users are safe. A Green Paper is a once in a generation opportunity to refresh our system of learning to drive and deliver long lasting benefits in road safety for all.”

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Notes to editors

1. Getting young drivers back on the road in safety, PACTS, http://www.pacts.org.uk/2013/04/getting-young-drivers-back-on-the-roads-in-safety/.

2. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

Media contacts:
IAM press office – 020 8996 9777
press.office(at)iam(dot)org.uk
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iam.org.uk

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