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Driving: Young People

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures were used to choose the (a) venues, (b) participants and (c) contents of the Young People’s Forums on Driving; and what steps have been taken to inform young (i) drivers and (ii) learner drivers of the report of the workshops held under the auspices of the forum. (206371)

To offer a reasonable geographical spread, one location in each of the nations in Great Britain was chosen. Nottingham was used as a central location in England outside of London; Cardiff and Glasgow as the major cities in Wales and Scotland.

The opportunity to apply to participate in the forum was widely promoted within each of the chosen locations through:

university and college networks

youth centres

local council youth programmes

workplaces with a relatively high number of young employees

Participants were selected to ensure that a reasonable diversity of membership for each group was reflected in terms of:

age

gender

ethnicity

educational or working background

stage in driver learning and learning/driving history

The contents of the fora were chosen so that:

elements of the proposed approach to driver learning and testing could be reviewed;

specific relevant research questions could be discussed and responded to;

the products we wanted to use for the “Learning to Drive” consultation exercise could be developed and reviewed to make them meaningful and accessible to young people.

As well as the references to the work of the Young People’s Forum and the workshops, a full report is available on the Driving Standards Agency website:

http://www.dsa.gov.uk/Documents/Consultation/ltd/DSA_YPF_Summary_report_10%2001%2008FINAL.pdf

The “Learning to Drive” consultation paper can be freely downloaded from the dedicated website:

www.dsa.gov.uk/learningtodrive

The website is accessible to young drivers and learners as well as the public in general.

The consultation and website are being promoted via three major social networking sites.

A condensed version of the full consultation paper has been published as a booklet, specifically with young people in mind. Public events will be held in England, Scotland and Wales during the consultation period. Members from the fora will attend to talk to young people who come along.

A media campaign will run throughout the duration of the consultation to promote the events and the website.

Information and directions to the “Learning to Drive” website are included with both the practical driving and theory test confirmation letters and are published on the Directgov website.