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Further training for young drivers

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A road safety charity is urging the Government to introduce compulsory post-test training in a bid to help prevent fatalities involving young drivers.

The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) is writing to under secretary of state for transport, Mike Penning MP, calling for the implementation of post-test training.

According to the motoring charity, the proposed post-test training module, which should be made compulsory within a year of the test pass, includes a second phase of short coaching sessions and driving practice off the public highway.

The IAM said the idea for the approach came from Austria, where laws require all novice drivers to undertake further assessment and training - leading to a 30% reduction in young driver fatalities.

Young drivers face some of the highest car insurance premiums due to the large number of road accidents involving inexperienced motorists.

The charity is also set to launch a new low-cost assessment for young drivers called Momentum in the new year, which will involve sessions with an IAM examiner and will help improve confidence, raise awareness and reduce risk on the road.

Simon Best, chief executive officer, IAM, said: "We need no reminding that 17 to 25 year olds - particularly young men - proportionally have more crashes and suffer more death and injury on our roads than any other group.

"Despite this, very little is being done to ensure that young people improve their driving after passing the test.

"The high numbers of young drivers who continue to be killed or seriously injured graphically highlights the need for legislation that insists on post-test training that embraces all kinds of roads; especially rural roads on which young people are suffering so disproportionately."

© Press Association 2010