Former head of Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, Max Mosley has called for a radical overhaul of techniques for young driver training around the world.
His comments come in the build up to the UK government’s green paper on young drivers, which was due to be revealed this week, but has now been postponed until at least the autumn. Proposals include introducing a minimum learning period before candidates are permitted to sit their test, and enforcing motorway and night-time driver training. In addition, new drivers may get an extended probationary period under which they will lose their license if they accrue six penalty points.
Speaking in his capacity as global head of NCAP at an event organised by black box insurance company Ingenie, Mosley said: “There appears to be a reluctance among authorities to adopt the latest technologies and techniques, a reluctance to move forward. We have proven through NCAP that if you adopt technology it can have an amazing effect. When we set up NCAP there was tremendous reluctance from manufacturers, but pushed it through.”
Among the proposals backed by Mosley were calls for a set minimum amount of driver training prior to a driver being granted a licence, the adoption of on-board vehicle loggers to help educate new drivers and improve their standards, with the knock-on effect of lower premiums, and a continuing process of driver training post test.