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Motorists call for tougher rules for learner drivers

The survey of 1,000 motorists by dash cam specialist also found that 76% of drivers support the introduction of 12-month probationary licences for all teenagers who have passed their test.

And seven out of ten motorists (72%) support an immediate road ban for any teenager caught speeding.

A further 62% of people believe young drivers should have to display a green ‘P’ probationary plate as a warning to other road users.

However night-time curfews for teenagers were less popular, with just 34% of respondents supporting measures preventing young drivers from driving between 10pm and 5am unless a passengers aged over 30 was in the car.

Department for Transport statistics show that nearly one in eight (11.9%) of all road casualties are hurt or killed in collisions involving a car driver aged 17 to 19 – despite the fact that this age group makes up only 1.5% of licensed drivers. And a fifth of deaths on British roads involve drivers aged 17-24.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.