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Young drivers `not helped at work`

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Concerns have been expressed that young people aged between 17 and 24 are not properly prepared for driving as part of their job.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said that young people are not fully equipped to drive at work, and it is developing free workshops after a major study uncovered the problem.

The Driving for Work workshops are designed to help employers protect and equip their staff better, and the charity is looking for 10 organisations that employ younger drivers to participate.

The training will affect all professions that employ younger people, from delivery drivers to sales reps, as they are more at risk than other drivers.

More than 60% of employers felt that the current learner driver training system did not adequately prepare younger drivers for driving as part of their job, according to a study carried out as part of RoSPA's Young Drivers at Work project.

The study also found that one in three crashes in the UK involved a vehicle being driven for work purposes, and that younger or more inexperienced drivers are more likely to be injured or killed in motoring accidents than other drivers.

RoSPA will use feedback from the pilot workshops to create free training guides for employers to use with their staff.

© Press Association 2009