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Graduated licences

Post by Lily-Anne on Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:47 pm

Are not on the cards, according to Mike Penning. Research from countries where the graduated licence system is in place, have a higher death rate in young drivers than UK under 25's.

He did however refer to log books for learner drivers, this is something that is optional under EU guidance, he also referred to motorway driving for learners, that it would be optional with a fully qualified ADI only, but the question was, how would it be Policed. The answer is in the camera network for all motorways in the UK

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Post by Zipper on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:30 pm

When they researched Australia they would have found that (i) Australia has one of the highest road deaths per capita of the western world, and (ii) most of Australia has a graduated licensing system.
However the Northern Territory where I live has at least 3 times the road deaths per capita than the rest of Australia*, and no graduated licensing system to speak of.

Crash rates are influenced by a lot of factors and in Australia's case I'm convinced it is mainly due to our culture - they way we regard cars and driving.

Looking out of the window of my 2-bedroom unit, one of 12 in the block, I see the carports & yard crammed with cars and more parked on the street.
Every tenant has at least one car, some have two even three, and often a home-parked work vehicle as well.
Our young men grow up with the idea that they will best prove their manhood by driving a car, the more powerful the better.
Combine this with their insistence on not listening to advice ("I drive the way Dad does he's the best driver in the world and says I am too if you don't believe me just ask him blah blah") and their propensity to leave their brains behind on the footpath when they hop behind the wheel .. and there you have it.

* Statistics show I live in the highest crash rate jurisdiction in the western world. It is disgraceful!

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Re: Graduated licences

Post by Lily-Anne on Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:40 pm

That is a really interesting piece of information. A friend of mine lives in Australia, she emigrated a couple of years after we left school, and she said graduated licencing hasn't made the roads safer.


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