Newly qualified young drivers should be banned from night-time motoring and carrying passengers of a similar age, Cardiff University researchers and leading road safety experts say.
Research presented to a conference in London in September said that a so-called “graduated driver licensing” system for those aged 17-25 could save more than 200 lives and result in 1,700 fewer serious injuries each year.
Under such a scheme, new drivers would be restricted once they’d passed their test. This could include no driving at night, between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00, no carrying of passengers of a similar age and no alcohol.
The move is welcomed by families of the victims of serious road traffic accidents in Wales caused by inexperienced drivers.
But motoring organisations say the limits – which could last up to two years – would be difficult to enforce.
Wales This Week looks at different ways of reducing accidents involving newly qualified drivers and whether a graduated driving license in Wales could be enforced.
Ireland already operates the “R” plate system – restricting motoring for newly qualified drivers – could such a system work in Wales? Is there enough appetite for change?
Proposals to introduce graduated driver licensing in the UK were considered by the last government but rejected, There are also a number of voluntary courses, like Pass Plus Cymru, to help new drivers. But many believe the tragic death toll among teenagers on our roads can only be reduced by legislation, not education.
Wales This Week: Dying to Drive – 21 October ITV 1 Wales at 19:30