Most of us can probably still remember the sight, the day they got their driver's license. An important milestone in life, the day you were no longer dependent on others for transportation. In the past you could only start lessons from the age of 18e birthday. Nowadays you can start with your theory from 16 years, lessons from 16,5 years and from 17 you can already take a practical exam. Research shows that novice drivers have a greater chance of having an accident in traffic. This appears to be due to the fact that novice drivers have little experience in traffic, young people often take more risks and overestimate certain situations. This can lead to dangerous situations and even accidents. For this reason, the consultancy Goudappel and the CBR will investigate whether and which adjustments can be made to the driving test on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to make it safer for novice drivers.

The research is called: “Pink Pasje Ander Jasje”. The Goudappel Group, with which the CBR will conduct this research, consists of a number of collaborating companies that jointly fulfill their mission: solving mobility issues in the best possible way. The research consists of 3 variants, a step-by-step exam trajectory, a period of accompanied driving and the last one is the current exam trajectory. This research is being conducted in Venlo, Breda, Barendrecht, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Emmeloord, Zwolle, Groningen and Leeuwarden. Driving schools and young people from these places can volunteer sign up for this research. The CBR expects to start with the first driving tests and exams at the end of February and the results of the study are expected at the end of 2023.

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Research shows that novice drivers are more likely to have an accident in traffic.
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