Driving change: public concerned about safety of young drivers and back licence restrictions

An Ipsos MORI poll for the RAC Foundation finds over two-thirds of British adults (68%) saying they support, in principle, the introduction of a graduated driver licencing scheme (GDL) for newly qualified young drivers.

An Ipsos MORI poll for the RAC Foundation finds over two-thirds of British adults (68%) saying they support, in principle, the introduction of a graduated driver licencing scheme (GDL) for newly qualified young drivers. Over four-fifths (83%) think that young drivers being involved in road accidents are a very big or fairly big problem. More than two-thirds (71%) also think that politicians should give more attention to the issue of road safety; almost a third (30%) of them strongly so. Restrictions which could constitute the two main elements of a possible GDL scheme – restrictions on passenger numbers and driving after midnight – are strongly supported by a third of the public (33% and 31% respectively). A lower proportion of those aged under 24 favour the introduction of a GDL scheme – but, still, 41% support it compared to just under a third (32%) who say they oppose it. This age group are also more likely than any other to have concerns about the limits on the freedom of movement for young people that GDL would impose – 35% pick this concern out in respect of restrictions on passenger numbers and 28% on driving after midnight.

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The Ipsos MORI survey for the RAC Foundation involved a representative sample of 2,010 British adults aged 16-75, with fieldwork undertaken online 7-10 March 2014. The survey involved respondents drawn from the Ipsos Access Panel. Data has been weighted to be representative of the known population profile in terms of region, age, gender, working status, tenure, socio-economic grade and car ownership.

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