Telematics could save lives 

Telematics installation

The Government is being urged to make telematics compulsory for young drivers in the 17 to 21 age bracket.

Wunelli is proposing young drivers must have telematics which will help save lives, but as a sweetener, they will be exempt from Insurance Premium Tax. 

According to Fleet News, Wunelli founder Paul Stacy said: “As the UK currently has no graduated licensing in place, it is crazy to think that young drivers can pass their test one day and the next day be driving a car full of people, on the motorway late at night.

“Even if they have traditional motor insurance, there is no way to monitor their driving behaviour in those crucial first few years.

“Something as simple as installing a telematics device will promote safer driving and have a long-term impact on the amount of road traffic accidents that occur every single day.

“It would be logical to make these policies more affordable by excluding them from IPT in order to increase the popularity of telematics in the younger generation but we need to go a step further than this and make it mandatory in the high risk younger age group.”

Around 14% of the 1,732 road deaths last year were drivers aged between 17 and 24 years old.