Over two thirds of British adults surveyed are in support of a graduated driver licence scheme for newly qualified young drivers.

Independent motoring charity, RAC Foundation, ran an Ipsos Mori survey with 2,010 people aged 16-75.

83% think that young drivers being involved in road accidents are a very big or fairly big problem. More than two thirds also think that politicians should give more attention to the issue of road safety.

The graduated driver licence scheme could see restrictions of the number of passengers and curfews on driving after midnight.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The evidence from overseas shows there is a way of cutting the amount of death and injury on the road this age-group is involved in. It is called graduated driver licensing. What’s more we now know there is a great deal of support for it amongst the British public.

“What we don’t know is why ministers have not acted. The current government has repeatedly promised a green paper on young driver safety and repeatedly failed to produce it.

“If there were any other area of public health policy where this level of harm was taking place there would be an outcry, yet as a nation we seem to accept what is happening too many of our young people when they get behind the wheel.

“We can debate where the balance lies between imposing restrictions in the interests of safety and maintaining mobility, but graduated licensing should be seen for what it is: a method of preserving long term freedom and health, not curtailing it.”