Motor insurance: Driving test may get more taxing

Wednesday, 03 January 2007

The UK driving test may be getting harder in coming months in order to increase road safety, according to recent government proposals.

The Driving Standards Agency is currently looking into ways of decreasing the number of young or newly qualified drivers who have accidents on UK roads and one method could be to extend the 40 minute test into a two-stage process.

Measures like a night time curfew on these drivers or introducing a mandatory period of training time before driving tests can be taken are also being considered.

Stephen Ladyman, the road safety minister, said: "We may need to start doing driver education while young people are still at school, introducing them to the rules, dangers and responsibilities of the road at a much earlier age.

"We have developed this attitude that you first learn to pass the test and then you learn to drive."

Government statistics show that young males have the best pass rate in the test but are also the most likely group to have a car accident and hence they pay higher car insurance quotes.

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