Ban for novice car insurance holders 'could save lives'

Friday, 01 October 2010

If a night ban were imposed on newly-qualified car insurance policyholders, it would help save lives, according to new research.

Around 200 people could be saved each year if motor insurance holders who had just passed their test were not allowed to drive at night, according to the study by the University of Cardiff.

The university is proposing that a graduated driver licensing (GDL) programme is introduced in the UK.

It would apply to motorists aged between 17 and 24 years old for up to two years after they pass their driving test.

Under the programme, which already exists in a similar capacity in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and parts of the US, young motorists would also be banned from drinking any alcohol.

According to the researchers in Cardiff, one in five new drivers crash within six months of passing their test.

Lead researcher Dr Sarah Jones said: "GDL works in other countries and there's no good reason why it wouldn't work here."

Recent research from revealed that young males typically pay almost 80 per cent more than their female counterparts for motor insurance premiums.

Posted by Noel Martin

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