’s top road safety lawyer has
hit out at the Government’s “negligence” in ensuring drivers are taking to the
Graham Walker of RoadTrafficLaw
feels the Government is more concerned with shovelling money into European
basic computer courses known as the European Computer Driving Licence – computertraining skills which most people already know – than
having better drivers on the road.
More than 77 per cent of the has access to at least one car
– a similar figure to the number of people with access to a PC – yet the
Government is only paying for one of these courses to be implemented.
He said: “So many drivers when
passing their tests are still uncertain or nervous about motorway driving, but
have to do it within days of passing and this can lead to accidents or
The latest Scottish statistics
show that faster roads accounted for 230 out of 314 deaths and 1,498 out of
2,908 serious injuries and fatalities. (Figures from the Scottish Government at
Graham Walker added: “Motorway
driving is now a way of life, yet it is not part of the basic test. Instead drivers who would like more confidence and
experience of motorway driving have to take up the
Advanced Pass Plus Driver test – but there is no incentive or push for drivers
to do so.
“The Government’s Driving
Standards Agency brought in the
Advance Pass Plus Diver test scheme in an effort to
promote more responsible driving but it seems to have been left on the shelf.
“Insurance companies do not seem
to give a decent premium reduction for passing the test and the Government
don’t seem to care about it.
“Yet the Government is spending
hundreds of thousands of pounds on what is known as the European Computer
Driving Licence. Subsidising courses to improve skills in the job market. I
believe that a driving licence is a terrific qualification in the job market
and I think that’s where the taxpayer’s hard earned cash would be best spent.
“The ECDL has more to do with
surfing the internet, pushing a mouse around and opening a spreadsheet.
These may be worthy skills in the job market but this is not real value for
money for the taxpayer, especially when we consider that most people are
comfortable surfing the internet but terrified of driving on a motorway for the
But we still have some way to go
with driver skills – especially when it comes to motorway driving. More experienced drivers on the motorway
would lead to a reduction in serious injuries and fatalities.”
“The authorities seem more
concerned with wasting our tax
money on making sure everyone can surf the web instead of making roads safer.”
Notes to Editors: Road Traffic Law – - . are ’s longest-running road
traffic law experts and Graham Walker is available for comment on all road and