It has been well documented that young drivers, particularly young men aged 17-25 are the most hazardous on the road causing more accidents per person per mile than any other age group. Government officials are concerned about these figures and are thinking of ways to tackle this growing issue.
One way would be to raise the minimum driving age to 18 and also to have a minimum learning period of 12 months. A report from the House of Commons transport select committee also recommended that new drivers ought to be prohibited from carrying passengers aged ten to 20 between 11pm and 5am.
As well as this they would only be allowed to carry one passenger under the age of 20 during the first six months of driving. The crash risk for young drivers increases by three times when they are carrying three or more passengers.
In addition, a zero alcohol limit for new drivers should also be imposed for at least a full year after they have passed their test. Responding to the report a director of general insurance and health at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said that the committee's report was "excellent".
"We urge the government to act now on these recommendations, to ensure that today's young drivers become tomorrow's safer motorists," he remarked.