The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is disappointed that a new EU road safety initiative has failed to take driver training into consideration beyond the learner test.
The EU Road Safety Programme (2011-2020), makes no mention of further training for business drivers either.
“This is a missed opportunity to highlight the benefits of a lifelong learning approach to driving,” said Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research.
“There is convincing evidence that further training makes drivers safer, and could be relatively cost-effective compared to some of the other suggestions which involve massive changes to cars and roads.”
The IAM welcomes the new Europe-wide focus on motorcycle safety that the programme brings, but still has concerns about proposals for post-test probationary periods which have yet to prove any long term benefit.
Greig added: “A common education and training strategy for safer roads will go a long way towards reducing the number of crashes involving foreign drivers here in the UK. It is essential that training standards in the UK do not slip, and that the role of post-test and business driver training is recognised.”