Car insurance: ABI calls for California driving laws

Monday, 04 September 2006

The UK introduction of Californian-style driving laws could help to reduce accidents amongst younger drivers, claims the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

New reports claim the ABI could be set to lobby the government to implement a number of new laws to help reduce accidents and improve safety on UK roads, says the Times.

And plans could include recommending that young drivers should only carry a limited number of passengers, only drive under adequate supervision and do not drive at night as a way of increasing safety and reducing car insurance premiums.

The adoption of similar laws in California have lead to a 23 per cent reducing in crashes amongst younger drivers, according to the US’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Meanwhile, the ABI is also encouraging more drivers to consider taking part in the Pass Plus scheme to improve their driving skills and reduce their chances of being involved in a collision as well as reducing car insurance costs.

However, the association is now calling for further initiatives to help reduce injuries and deaths of younger drivers.

Stephen Haddrill, director- general of the ABI, said: "Government and other organisations must reduce this trend, which represents a tragedy for too many families."

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