Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Call for specific motorway driving test

PUBLISHED: 11:15 22 October 2014

With motorway accidents rising there is support for a special driving test before motorists can use them.

With motorway accidents rising there is support for a special driving test before motorists can use them.

PA

More than half of British drivers think a specific motorway driving test should be introduced for all drivers, whether they are learning or already have a driving licence.

A survey found 52% of drivers in the UK think this is needed now, with 70% of younger drivers aged 17 to 24 years old believing this move is required. The call comes as official figures show there was an increased number of road deaths and serious injuries on the UK’s motorways last year – up 14% on 2012.

Women are more in favour of introducing a compulsory motorway driving test, with 64% thinking it should be mandatory, while 41% of men think it should become law.

The survey by Flexed also revealed older drivers are less enthusiastic.

Alex Wignall, of Flexed, said: “There has been a consensus among motorists for a long time that drivers should have to pass a test to drive on the motorway. This is not something which applies solely to young drivers, as the latest statistics suggest they are just as likely to be involved in a motorway accident as any other driver.

“There are too many drivers of all ages who are inexperienced on motorways and are not familiar with the important differences which separate it from other types of driving. Our survey shows that there is support out there for the idea that all drivers, whether they have only just passed their test or whether they have been driving for years, should now have to pass a specific test before they are allowed to drive on the motorway.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A support worker at sheltered housing in Felixstowe had to move jobs and suffered from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after a drunk resident ran past her brandishing a knife, a court has heard.

The full list of award winners, including glory for Suffolk and North Essex, was unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show, today.

A young Ipswich Town goalkeeper has apologised after posting “insensitive” messages on social media following the Manchester terror attack last night.

The new branch of discount homeware superstore The Range is to open at 9am next Friday – June 2.

An Ipswich woman who has lost nine stone in less than a year has inspired health professionals to rethink the way they handle conversations with patients about their weight.

Sir Roger Moore, the longest serving James Bond, from 1973 to 1984, has died of cancer, aged 89, his family has announced..

Designs have been revealed for Capel St Mary’s very first war memorial, which will honour members of the village and surrounding area who lost their lives in battle.

Two new low-cost retail stores are coming to Bury St Edmunds, as a long redundant site is brought back into use.

Police are working to establish whether suspected Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was working alone or as part of a wider network as more victims of last night’s attack are named.

Major Jamie Milnes shares what is planned for the Suffolk Show 2017 Military Village.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24