MSP leads Graduated Driver Licensing debate
David Stewart MSP, yesterday (07/09/11) led a debate in the Scottish Parliament calling for Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) to be introduced in Scotland in a bid to reduce the number of young driver crashes.
A GDL scheme could include measures such as newly qualified drivers being banned from night time driving and carrying passengers of a similar age. A study conducted by Cardiff University found that the scheme could save more than 200 lives and result in 1,700 fewer serious injuries each year.
Brake, the road safety charity, is backing the move. Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer, said: "Evidence indicates that reforming our system of training and testing drivers would make a huge difference in preventing casualties, particularly among young people.
“David is spearheading the campaign in Scotland, and we wholeheartedly support his work. We hope that Scotland will be a leader in the UK by introducing a comprehensive system of GLD to protect young lives on Scotland's roads."
For more information contact Ellen Booth on 01484 559909.
UN Global Road Safety Week 2015
4-10 May 2015: resources produced here in the UK
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CURRENT SCOREYES 36% (+2%) NO 62% (-1%) NOT SURE 2% (-1%)
PREVIOUS SURVEYSIs the current focus on cycling having an adverse effect on the safety needs of other vulnerable road users? YES: 72% | NO: 22% | Not sure: 6% (Total responses: 337) Should the new Government introduce a graduated licensing (GDL) scheme for newly qualified drivers? YES: 86% | NO: 12% | Not sure: 2% (Total responses: 157) Should helmets be compulsory for all cyclists? YES: 38% | NO: 61% | Not sure: 1% (Total responses: 314)
'Give everyone cycle space'
This Cycling Scotland campaign asks drivers to give cyclists, especially children and young people, sufficient space when overtaking.
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