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Overhaul of Driver Training and Testing

16 March 2007

RoadSafe welcomes the recent announcement by UK DfT of a fundamental overhaul of driver training and testing which was confirmed by Road Safety Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman at the RoSPA Road Safety Congress earlier in the month. For the first time, new parameters for educating young people about safe driving skills were set out, with a consultation expected later in the year.

The announcement was made alongside the publication of the Three Year Review of Road Safety Strategy which came as tough new penalties for illegally using a mobile phone while driving were also enacted. The reviewrecommends a new approach to educating young people about road safety and teaching them to drive, which will include the introduction of a new competency and knowledge framework, a modern training syllabus and new assessment criteria.

The Second Three Year Review of the DfT Road Safety Strategy is now available:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategytargetsperformance/2ndreview/screen