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Driving Written Answer, 31/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons in response to Andrea Leadsom's (Cons) question asking the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce the findings of the Green Paper on improving the safety and reducing risks to young drivers.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill, replied that the safety of young people on the roads is very important. Too many young people die, too often; the Government is wrestling with how to make things safer, while not unduly restricting the freedom of young people.The Government wants young people to be able to get to work and training, to education and to leisure activities, and to do so safely. This a difficult balance, with passionate voices on both sides.

On 27 January 2014, the Government held a meeting with the insurance industry and agreed the Department would commission new research into how telematics can change the behaviour and attitudes of learner drivers. The  Government looks forward to insurance companies sharing their data so that it can undertake this research.

The Government is also in the process of undertaking some focus groups with parents, young people and employers to get a better understanding of the issues from their perspective.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 31 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 31 March 2014