Road safety: young and novice drivers



1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Factors that increase young and novice driver crash risk

Physiological factors

Brain development and maturity

Young male drivers

Behavioural factors

Driver inexperience and risky behaviours


Drink driving

Mobile phone use while driving

Environmental factors

Rural roads

Night-time driving

The Department’s approach to improving young driver road safety

Older novice drivers

3 Reforms to the learning and testing process

The current learning and testing process

Possible reforms to the learning process

Driving in different conditions

Minimum learning period


Training on private land prior to obtaining a provisional licence

The Department’s approach

4 Graduated Driver Licensing

Evidence in favour of Graduated Driver Licensing

Evidence against Graduated Driver Licensing

Impact on social and economic activities


The impact of telematic technology

The Department’s approach

5 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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