Road Safety

Transport written question – answered on 2nd December 2010.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving young people.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

In September 2010 we issued road safety teaching materials for secondary schools. I have also announced several changes to the driving tests to help young people prepare better to drive safely on their own. The Driving Standards Agency is also promoting a Foundation Course in Safe Road Use. The general improvements in road safety have also benefited young people. The UK has the safest roads in the world and we have seen large reductions in child deaths and injuries, which mean we are now among the best performing EU countries on children's casualties.

I am considering whether additional measures might be added to these changes.

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