Fast-Track Driving Lessons Could Be Banned

Wed 10th Feb 2021

Driving instructors offering want-to-be drivers the opportunity to learn to drive on fast-track courses should be a things of the past according to a new survey.

Research from road safety campaign group IAM Roadsmart has revealed that more than two-third of motorists believe that new drivers should spend at least 12-months learning before being allowed to take a test. The survey of 2,000 motorists revealed the weight of public opinion on how fast some young drivers are taking to pass their test before being allowed unsupervised on the road network.

It is believed that a minimum period of supervised practice and learning is one of a number of considerations the UK government is reviewing to make the driver-learning experience more robust. A ‘graduated driving licence’ has been discussed, where rookie drivers have to wait a period of time before they can drive in a number of scenarios, such as night-time driving and carrying passengers in their car.

But the government have yet to announce any plans from their review and Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research at the road safety charity, which conducted this survey, said: “The Government must listen to the concerns of the vast majority of motorists who clearly understand the long-term safety benefits that a 12-month minimum learning period for all new drivers would bring.

“A lifetime of safe driving starts by gaining the right experience behind the wheel. Even the Government’s own statistics show that one in five new drivers crash within their first year on the road, so a longer learning period can only help make our roads safer for all road users.”