Graduated driver licensing in the Isle of Man

Published: Oct 2020

ISBN: 978-1-913246-37-2

Author: Neale Kinnear & Caroline Wallbank

Pages: 18

Reference: PPR952


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Young and novice drivers are consistently overrepresented in road crash and injury data in
jurisdictions worldwide (DfT, 2019; OECD, 2006; WHO, 2013). Collision analysis reported
here shows that 16-24 year olds in the Isle of Man are similarly overrepresented in collisions

on the island. The Isle of Man Road Safety Strategy includes challenging casualty reduction targets and reducing young driver collisions will help achieve these.


A review of evidence for the most effective interventions to improve the safety of young and
novice drivers in the Isle of Man recommended the implementation of graduated driver
licensing (GDL) (Kinnear, Sharpe & Hitchings, 2019). This document considers how GDL
could be implemented in the Isle of Man. It provides an overview of the theoretical basis for
GDL, the evidence for its effectiveness and what is considered best practice GDL design (i.e.
what components might be included). Consideration of how collisions in the Isle of Man
could be impacted by the implementation of GDL demonstrates that GDL can complement
the existing licensing framework and would be expected to reduce collisions involving young and novice drivers on the island.

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