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Young at-work drivers under the spotlight

October 7, 2008

Fleets are being urged to help with a major new study into the risks facing young people who drive for work. Young drivers and work-related driving are two of today’s biggest road safety challenges.

Figures show that young motorists are more at risk of being killed or injured on the roads compared to experienced drivers, according to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

This increases the risks of being involved in a crash in an occupation that is already high risk.

Government figures show that one in three deaths on the road involves someone who is at-work at the time.

The Young Drivers at Work project, funded by the Department for Transport, is seeking the views of managers who employ 17 to 24-year-old drivers and aims to provide the most comprehensive view to date of the issues employers and young drivers face.

It hopes the work will lead to a better understanding of the safety issues involved in these employees getting behind the wheel for work.

Over the next three months, companies will be encouraged to take part in the web-based research, before the results are compiled into a major report due to be published in March 2009 by RoSPA, which is running the project.

MAC has some effective and innovative solutions to higher accident risk associated with young drivers.

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