ABI criticises government on young drivers

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned the government it is not doing enough to improve young driver safety.

According to the group, poor education and awareness of laws is costing three million new motorists £370 a year.

The main criticism launched by the ABI is the delay of a Green Paper that was due to tackle the issue this spring, but seems to have been put on the backburner.

Speaking at the Marketforce Motor Insurance Summit, ABI director of general insurance Nick Starling said: “The arguments for reform are overwhelming, yet despite commitments made back in February 2012 and a Green paper promised this spring, the government appear strangely reluctant to recognise the need for action.”

The ABI also used the conference to call for a one year minimum learning period for young drivers and a limit to the number of passengers new motorists can carry in their vehicles at any one time.

It is in the ABI’s interest to see the number of accidents fall as its members would have to pay out less compensation to those affected by poor technique or a lack of attention in inexperienced drivers.

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