Highlands and Islands MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, has welcomed the support of the Scottish government with regards to his campaign to have a form of graduated licence introduced for new or young drivers, in an effort to reduce the serious and fatal collisions on our roads involving this group of drivers.
He said: “For over four years I have been campaigning on this issue and other road safety matters. I repeatedly point to other countries where the introduction of a form of graduated licence has worked and has reduced casualties on our roads.
“I am not wanting to demonise young drivers and, of course, there would need to be exemptions for those wanting to travel to and from work. But if statistics tell us, which they do, that up to 22 lives per year and up to £80 million could be saved to the Scottish economy if such a scheme were introduced, then I cannot understand what the difficulty is.”
He continued: “ I will continue to push for the introduction of a graduated licence and I am in the process of seeking a meeting with the Transport Minister Patrick Mcloughlin MP, who I have written to many times in the past.”