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RoSPA-led alliance calls on new government to address young driver safety

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is lobbying ministers to agree to a Green Paper on young drivers, supported by a number of influencers, charities and organisations including the ABI, Brake, the IAM, the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

A total of 131 young drivers were killed on the roads in 2013, while 1,159 were left with serious injuries.

Earlier this year, RoSPA wrote to all UK political parties asking them to consider a range of potentially life-saving options such as, graduated driver licensing (a phased driving experience for young drivers), and telematics and the charity is now renewing its call following the General Election.

The charity believes the production of a robust consultation document would be a significant development in the drive to cut the number of crashes involving young drivers.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “Far too many young lives are being lost on our roads each year, so it is imperative that we take a more radical approach in order to reduce the number of casualties. We believe a comprehensive package of complementary measures is needed to improve the safety of some of our most vulnerable road users.”

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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.