Driving: Standards

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th May 2021.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on creating a lifelong learning approach to improve driver behaviour, as identified within The Road Safety Statement, A Lifetime of Road Safety.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government takes road safety very seriously and, although UK roads continue to be among the safest in the world, we can never afford to be complacent or relax efforts to improve what we do. Following the Road Safety Statement 2019, the Department awarded a research grant to the Driving Instructors Association to devise and trial a modular approach for learning to drive.

The modules for the project were designed last year, however COVID-19 restrictions delayed the start of the trial until this spring. It is anticipated that all participants would have completed their learning by Spring 2022. Six-months of post-test experience data is required to assess the impact of the modular approach. To allow for sufficient time for analysis, as well as quality assurance, and reporting we expect to provide information of the effectiveness of modular learning by Spring 2023.

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