The motoring group, RAC, has urged the Prime Minister and his cabinet to look at ways in which to reduce the high number of teenage deaths that occur on the roads.
The Foundation determined that nearly a half of all teenage road deaths that occurred in 2013 involved cars being driven by 17 to 19 year olds, and the organisation urged ministers to look into ways in which these figures could be reduced, therefore improving road safety levels for young and new drivers, but also for other road users that may be involved in the accidents caused. Proposals have been put forward in the past, including plans to place a curfew on young drivers, to limit the number of passengers that new drivers can carry, and to increase the amount of training that drivers must undergo before they can take their test and drive on UK roads.
The figures are taken from 2013, which is the most recent year for which full records are held, and they show that 43% of all teenagers that are killed in car accidents were in cars being driven by teenagers. These figures would support the idea of limiting the number of teenage passengers that new drivers can carry; a proposal that has been mooted in the past, but never gained traction.
More stringent tests, a minimum number of hours behind the wheel before drivers are allowed to take their tests, and a curfew that would prevent teenage drivers from being behind the wheel late at night, were some of the other proposals that have been discussed. However, at least according to the RAC, although the coalition government promised to publish a green paper report on young driver safety levels, the report never materialised.
Professor Stephen Glaister, RAC director, said that the previous government has failed to look into the question of teenage deaths on the road and that during this time “young people have continued to die.” He went on to urge the new government to follow through on the promise, and to help ensure that roads are safer and that the death toll for young passengers is reduced.