IAM Roadsmart supports GDL Scheme

IAM RoadSmart welcomed the Department of Transport commitment to monitor the Northern Ireland Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Scheme as a possible model for future roll out across the UK.

IAM RoadSmart has long campaigned for a bespoke British graduated driving licensing scheme for new drivers.

The Northern Ireland Government plans to bring several provisions into force in 2019/20 including passenger carrying restrictions and a six-month mandatory learning period.

IAM RoadSmart is in favour of the Northern Ireland approach, in particular the minimum learning period and some restrictions on peer group passengers.

IAM RoadSmart is ready to provide its knowledge and expertise in developing the content of any new driver learning system and post-test interventions.

Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said, ‘IAM RoadSmart welcomes the new scheme for GDL in Northern Ireland. Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK today. New drivers are most at risk in their first year of driving and yet the current system abandons them to learn by their own, sometimes fatal, mistakes.’