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Parents in Favour of Probationary Driving Licence for New Drivers

Book Theory Test Today can reveal that parents of young drivers are ‘anxious’ about their offspring taking to Britain’s roads. A recent survey revealed that 75% of parents would not object to the introduction of a probationary driving licence for young, new motorists.

Furthermore, parents would not be adverse to a tiered system being introduced to improve the standard of driving among young motorists. Upon passing the UK driving theory test, the tiered system would involve learner drivers having to complete a set number of driving hours before being eligible to take a practical driving test.

Should they then pass the UK practical driving test, a probationary licence would be granted in order to assess their suitability for life on Britain’s roads. Following a successful probationary period, a full UK driving licence would then be issued.

The survey revealed that 82% of respondents said that the thought of their child driving on Britain’s roads made them feel anxious. 60% said that this was due to their lack of experience.

Out of the 1,000 parents of 16 to 24-year-olds quizzed, 69% voiced that more needs to be done to keep young people safe on the UK’s roads.

The survey also found that 63% of parents would favour the driving age being risen to 18 and a total of 68% thought the number of passengers in a vehicle should be restricted for young drivers.

In a statement from Tom Moss, the Technical Director at insurer Allianz UK, which also commissioned the survey, he said: “I do not think there is a silver bullet solution to this problem and the views of parents would seem to endorse this. There are so many interested parties in agreement on the fact that youth and inexperience behind the wheel can no longer be allowed to cost the lives and cause injury to so many people on Britain’s roads.”

He added: “In my view, what needs to be imposed is a basket of measures that tackle both training and behaviour once young drivers pass their practical driving test. The toll on our young people, as well as on their families and friends, makes this a top priority for our society to deal with.”

In a statement from Book Theory Test Today, they said: “Parents obviously feel quite passionately about this and believe that the Government should look at improving the ‘education’ of young drivers once they have passed their UK driving theory test and their practical driving test.”

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