Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed new proposals to reform the way people learn to drive and how they are tested.
The proposals will strengthen the way people learn to drive as learning will become more structured with a clear syllabus for learners to follow. Learners will have more information about the quality of driving instructors available through a new star rating system.
The driving test will be revised to place less emphasis on mechanical manoeuvres and allow examiners to properly assess the full range of a candidate’s abilities, including their attitudes towards driving and their readiness to drive independently.
There are also moves to create a culture of extended and advanced learning beyond the driving test. Currently, too many new drivers are over confident when they pass their test – one in five people have an accident within six months of passing their test, and another 70% report near misses in the same period. The driving test should be viewed as a milestone towards lifelong learning.
As a result of the changes, employers and insurers should have greater confidence in the driving abilities of those who have undertaken further training. The Government will work with them to develop proposals for post-test courses and qualifications that produce safer drivers, and that they are prepared to reward.
David Hanson said:
“Over the past decade Britain’s roads have become much safer with the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents down by a third, making road travel in this country safer than almost anywhere else in the world.
“But the casualty rate for young drivers has not changed in this time and newly-qualified drivers and their passengers account for one in five of all car deaths in Britain. This is unacceptable and we must do more to make novice drivers safer.
“I welcome these proposals – which will go out for consultation – and I hope they will help bring in a driving test that gives a more realistic and rounded assessment of whether someone is fit to drive alone.
“I would very much welcome your thoughts on this issue. If you would like more information please contact me on 01352 763159; email: hansond(at)parliament.ukor write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.”