If you saw, heard or read the news yesterday then you might have come across the Green Paper on young drivers again.

The controversial paper that was supposed to go to Parliament last year was proposing some radical changes to driving tests.

The paper has since been delayed until after the elections and road safety campaigners, including the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) and insurance company, Marmalade, have voiced their opinions in the news.

In the Green Paper it talked about new drivers having a 12 month probationary licence with a curfew between 10pm and 5am unless someone else over the age of 30 was in the car.

Read our previous blog on young people and road safety for all the details

I first heard the news yesterday during the BBC Radio One Breakfast show. News Beat had interviewed young people sitting on opposite sides of the fence – both for and against the paper.

See their video clips

Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade said: “As a company that has provided telematics-based insurance policies to young drivers for many years, we are completely against a curfew but absolutely support the ban on mobile phones and reducing the alcohol limit – and our customers agree.

“We asked our young drivers, aged between 17 and 25, what they thought about drinking whilst driving and found that young drivers were quite happy to have a zero tolerance attitude to drink driving. Would adults agree? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that many young people with telematics solutions drive sensibly, as is shown by our monitoring data which shows that more than 95% of our young drivers have an excellent record.”

ADI view

Sarah Mills is a newly qualified driving instructor who has just leased a car with us. We asked Sarah what her thoughts were on the Green Paper.

She said: “In principle I think it’s a good idea but I’m struggling to see how it would be regulated as there are so many people on the roads.”

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