Saturday 29th December 2007
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More lessons for young motorists would help solve the problem that many inexperienced drivers have when first taking to Britain's busy roads, it has been suggested.

Sergeant Steve Quill, road traffic policeman at Ferndown road policing unit in Surrey, was commenting on proposals to extend the requirements of the driving test are being mooted by the government.

Tougher tests and learning requirements for young motorists would increase their safety on busy roads and could lead to a possible reduction in car insurance premiums for those motorists who pass the extended test.

"Anything that educates people from the start of their driving career, making them aware of the safety issues of driving on today's busy roads, has got to be a good thing," Sgt Quill told the Daily Echo.

Driving lessons over a longer period would help accustom young drivers to a greater variety of conditions on the roads, boosting their abilities in the long-term, he added.

Newly-qualified drivers account for up to 600 deaths on Britain's roads each year, according to government research quoted by the Guardian.

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