Car insurance: Young drivers need more 'learning time'

Monday, 23 July 2007

Government plans to increase the minimum amount of time that young drivers spend learning before they are allowed to pass their test have been welcomed by insurers.

Describing the proposals to introduce a mandatory 12-month learning period as "prudent and necessary", one car insurance spokesperson explained that the process would "help make Britain's roads safer for all drivers".

A report published by a car insurance group indicates that almost two-thirds of drivers require 30 or more driving sessions before being deemed competent enough to pass their test.

Just one in ten proficient drivers are able enough to pass their test after ten lessons.

In recent times the Motor Insurers' Bureau has commented upon the high incidence of young drivers not possessing car insurance, particularly in urban areas, a situation likely to raise car insurance premiums in the UK.

Figures from an AA survey carried out showed that car insurance premiums had reached a new high in the last quarter of 2006.

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