Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Tackle Young Reckless Drivers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Tackle Young Reckless Drivers

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CRIPPLING insurance premiums have resulted in a record number of young drivers taking to the roads without cover, according to new findings.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists says that 60% of motorists convicted of driving without insurance are now aged under 25, and half are younger than 20 years old.

These are only the ones who get caught, so there could be many more undetected younger drivers taking to the roads without insurance .

Premiums have risen generally by almost 9% so far this year, but for young male drivers the rise has been even greater because, statistically, they are the group most likely to be involved in own-fault accidents.

IAM Motoring Trust director Neil Greig says: "We don't want to demonise young drivers, but research shows uninsured drivers are typically young males living in urban areas. These drivers have a high risk of crashing, and there is a perception among their peers that they can get away with it.

"Young people must be convinced the only way to drive is fully licensed and insured. …

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