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Committee to relaunch work on young and novice drivers

16 March 2020

Young drivers aged 17-24 account for seven percent of the UK's driving licence holders but are involved in 20% of fatal and serious collisions.

Inquiry relaunched

Concerned about these high collision and casualty rates, the Transport Select Committee returns to its inquiry to scrutinise the Government's actions to reduce the risks of young and novice drivers being involved in a road traffic collision.

This inquiry was first launched at the end of the last Parliament. The Committee received almost 60 pieces of written evidence from road safety campaigners, driving organisations, police representatives and individual members of the public, some with first-hand experience of this issue.  The Committee thanks all those who contributed and will include this evidence in the revived inquiry.

The Committee now extends the call for evidence to others, particularly on any new developments since Summer 2019. The deadline for new submissions is 10 April 2020.

Terms of reference

The Committee invites written evidence on the reasons why young and novice drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in a road traffic collision, and what the Government can do to reduce these risks. This could include the use of telematic devices, proposals for a system of probation or Graduated Driver Licensing, or changes to training and testing for new drivers.

Oral evidence

The first public evidence session scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25 March, with evidence from the RAC Foundation; road safety charity, Brake; and TRL, a global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, has now been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.

Further information

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