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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.

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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.”

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