Driving: Young People

Transport written question – answered on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of David Ward David Ward Liberal Democrat, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) when his Department plans to publish the Green Paper on young drivers safety;

(2) what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of telematics to reduce car insurance premiums;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 148W, to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East, on driving, when he plans to publish the findings from the focus groups with parents, young people and employers.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I am committed to improving the safety of young drivers. However, I want to ensure that this is done in a manner that protects social and economic freedoms. I am striving to get this balance right and will make an announcement on this matter later this year.

I believe that telematics technology has the potential to both increase road safety and reduce young driver insurance premiums. That is why my Department plans to undertake further research on this issue shortly. The findings should help to inform future Government policy in this area.

I expect the findings of the recent focus group research with parents, young people and employers to be finalised shortly. Once finalised, it will be published within the standard 12-week period that applies to all Government social research.

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