The parents of a teenage girl, who died in a car crash in 2008, have welcomed a move to bring in a graduated driving licence for young drivers.
Beccy Taylor died in a crash between Blisworth and Milton Malsor in 2008.
Next week, her parents, Chris and Nicole, are due to meet Transport Minister Stephen Hammond to lend their support to the new plan.
Under the proposal, to be published in a Green Paper, ministers recommend a one-year “learner stage” beginning at 17, when drivers would have to undergo 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision. Learners would take their test at 18 and, if they pass, would get a probationary licence.
Nicole said: “We often think about what we could have done to equip Beccy more fully. She was a good driver, but inexperienced.
“She had a two-hour lesson and drove the family car several hours every week for eight months and since passing her test had been driving nearly every day for six months. The Graduated Driving Licence (GDL) would protect young, newly-qualified drivers as it tackles many of the common causes of young road deaths.”
The pair, who live in Collingtree, maintain the probe into Beccy’s death was poor.
Nicole added: “We feel we have been failed by the justice system. These failings mean that lessons are not learned.
“To reduce road deaths there has to be an effective investigation and common themes need to be identified and actions taken.
“The evidence on the benefits of GDL is so strong we cannot understand why it has not been acted upon.”