Following recent calls for the introduction of graduated licensing for drivers (GDL) for those under 25, Penningtons Manches’ personal injury team considers the statistics behind the proposal. The GDL would introduce restrictions on the number of passengers a young driver could carry, the hours at which young drivers were allowed to drive, lower alcohol limits and vehicle power limits.
Recent RAC Foundation publications reveal that 22% of fatalities on Britain’s roads occurred in collisions involving a driver aged between 17 and 24 years old. Of these fatal collisions, 65% of the fatalities were passengers or road users other than the driver. Within this group, drivers between 17 to 19 years old accounted for 12% of all road casualties.
International research suggests that the GDL could result in a reduction of between 9% and 60% of fatalities on Britain’s roads for this age group and overall reductions in casualties of between 5% and 32%. If the GDL was introduced in the UK, the RAC Foundation considers that this may translate into a decrease of almost 4,500 casualties per year from collisions involving 17 to 19 year old car drivers and a reduction of more than 400 killed or seriously injured.