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Young and Novice Drivers and Graduated Driver Licensing Debate, 25/03/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 25 March 2014 on Young and Novice Drivers and Graduated Driver Licensing. The debate was introduced by the Minister for Transport and Veterans, Keith Brown.

At decision time the following motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament notes with concern that young people aged 17 to 25 make up 10% of licence holders yet they account for 23% of drivers involved in injury road accidents over the last five years; further notes that evaluations of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) have shown that it is the only intervention for which there is clear and unambiguous evidence to show that it reduces the crash rate for young drivers; acknowledges the research carried out in Scotland over the last 10 years by Dr Sarah Jones of Cardiff University, which states that a GDL system could save 22 lives and £80 million per year; further acknowledges that various forms of the GDL system are currently well established in other countries around the world; further acknowledges that the flexibility of this system allows individual nations to adapt it to meet their specific needs; regrets the decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to delay publication of the Department for Transportís proposed green paper on young driver safety, and calls on UK ministers to develop and take forward proposals on GDL without further delay.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 March 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 March 2014