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Over half of drivers support mandatory motorway driving tests

The survey of 1,350 motorists across Britain was conducted by short-term car lease company Flexed.co.uk and asked participants whether they believed that all drivers should have to pass a motorway driving assessment before being allowed on Britain’s fastest roads.

The survey found that:

  • 52% of motorists said they wanted to see the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 70% of drivers between 17 and 24 wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 41% of male motorists surveyed wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.
  • 64%% of women motorists surveyed wanted the introduction of a motorway driving test for all drivers.

The results of the survey follow the release of new figures by the DfT, which show that road deaths decreased in 2013 but fatalities on motorways increased by 14% from 88 to 100.

Speaking about the findings of the survey, Alex Wignall, customer care at Flexed.co.uk, said: ‘I think there has been a consensus amongst motorists for a long time that drivers should have to pass a test to drive on the motorway.

‘This is not something which applies to solely young drivers, as the latest statistics suggest they are just as likely to be involved in a motorway accident as any other driver.

‘There are too many drivers of all ages who are inexperienced on motorways and are not familiar with the important differences which separate it from other types of driving.

‘Our survey shows that there is support out there for the idea that all drivers, whether they have only just passed their test or whether they have been driving for years, should now have to pass a specific test before they are allowed to drive on the motorway.’

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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.