Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) monitoring report

The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Monitoring Report tracks the impact of the GDL scheme on road safety. Trends in collisions involving and caused by young drivers and motorcyclists will be examined to determine the effect the scheme has had for young and newly qualified drivers.


Fatal and serious collisions constitute one of the biggest public health threats in Northern Ireland, particularly among young and inexperienced drivers. The aim of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme is to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries attributed to young drivers/motorcyclists in the age range 17 to 23 and to new drivers/riders in general.  GDL will be introduced in the near future, and will establish a revised training and testing regime and some post-test restrictions for car drivers and motorcyclists.

To assess the impact of GDL on road safety, overall statistics for collisions involving, and caused by young drivers and motorcyclists will be examined. The first report in the series presents data for the five years 2012-2016 and provides the current picture ahead of the launch of GDL. It is intended that this report will be updated annually so that trends in these data will help determine how the introduction of GDL has contributed to movement in collisions statistics.



For general enquiries, data requests and feedback, contact Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch

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