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Members' Business: Young Drivers

Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart led a debate on the introduction of a graduate licence scheme for young drivers on 7 September 2011.

In his motion Mr Stewart said that there was a need to tackle the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by young drivers in accidents on Scotland's roads.

He called for the introduction of a graduate licence scheme referring to it as a: "nursery scheme for new drivers".

The legislation for graduate and young drivers would improve driver safety, training and education.

Transport and Housing Minister Keith Brown drew on figures for 2009 which showed that road casualties in Scotland are at their lowest levels for 60 years.

One in four drivers or riders killed in 2009 were in the 17 to 29 age group.

Mr Brown said: "We have not let the issue slip", pointing to a debate with young people in 2010, the establishment of a road safety operational group and a road safety board involving key stakeholders as evidence of this.

The minister reminded Parliament that the issue of graduated drivers licences is reserved and urged MSPs to back the motion.

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