Government proposes driving test changes

* Changes to the way people learn to drive * Improved training and a tougher test * Will help lower insurance costs for young people...

Government proposes driving test changes

The Government is to consider changes to driving lessons and the driving test, in an attempt to improve safety and cut costs for young drivers.

Improved driver training and a tougher driving test are two of the options under review. Other proposals include the introduction of a minimum learning period, driving lessons on motorways possibly during bad weather and at night and to extend the probationary period for new drivers from two to three years.

In 2011, a fifth of accidents involving a fatality or serious injury involved a driver aged between 17 and 24.

Insurance premiums for young drivers are notoriously high and it is hoped that by working with the insurance industry the Government can help reduce costs.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: 'The publication of a new Green Paper for young drivers is a once-in-a-generation opportunity but any new approach must be based on saving lives and not reducing insurance premiums.'