A recent report issued by the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has focused on the worrying issue of unlicensed and uninsured drivers. According to the report these illegal motorists tend to be young males, and between them they are driving for 3.7 million hours per month.
Neil Greig, IAM Motoring Trust director, used the report to launch a new ten-point plan aimed at encouraging young motorists to drive safely. Greig said, “We don’t want to demonise young drivers, but research shows that uninsured drivers are typically young males living in urban areas – 60 per cent of those convicted of uninsured driving are under 25, and half are under 20”.
The IAM report reveals that the average age of unlicensed drivers involved in accidents is 28, while the average amongst licensed drivers is 38. IAM also claim that there are half a million unlicensed drivers in the UK, and 5 percent of motorists are driving without insurance. Greig stated, “These drivers have a high risk of crashing and there is a perception among their peers that they can ‘get away with it’. Young people must be convinced that the only way to drive is fully licensed and insured. The majority of safe younger drivers should have their efforts supported. They should know that the police and justice system targets the reckless minority that break the law”.
Mr Greig stated that the IAM believes that offending drivers should go on rectification courses. “Despite successes in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on Britain’s roads, younger drivers are not getting any safer,” he said. “We know novice drivers, particularly those under 20, are most at risk in the early weeks after they pass their driving test”.
The ten point plan covers the following areas;
1. Understanding the greatest risk
2. Focus on rural roads
3. Start at school
4. Parental involvement
5. Low premiums for low risk learners
6. Identify the reckless
7. Target police enforcement
8. Continual improvement
9. Make roads safer
10. Incentivise driver aids