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Experts urge MPs to support Graduated Driver Licensing


A group of road safety experts have signed a letter calling on MPs from all political parties to commit to taking action on proven evidence-based measures to save the lives of young drivers. The letter, which was published on the Guardian website on 13 March, says “we see too many car crashes resulting in the tragic death or serious injury of young people”.

Data shows 4,935 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes involving young drivers during 2022.

The letter goes on: “we have known for decades that young drivers are more likely to crash due to inexperience, when carrying similar-aged passengers, and are susceptible to peer influence”.

The experts point to other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, who have “supported young drivers through the transition from being a learner by initially limiting their driving in the riskiest situations”.

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