A New Graduated Driver Licensing Framework (Phase 1): Evidence Base to Integrate Novice Driver Strategies

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is conducting a three-phase project to develop and implement a new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Framework. It is designed to better protect young drivers and reduce their elevated crash risk by integrating GDL programs with other best practice safety strategies for teens including driver education, licence testing and in-vehicle monitoring technologies.

The objective of Phase 1 was to review the scientific evidence associated with young driver programs and consider the various facets of an effective GDL program. The report also examined opportunities to integrate other proven and promising strategies to better protect young drivers throughout their first years of driving in a more comprehensive way. International experts representing researchers and road safety practitioners from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia met in June 2014 to undertake this review, and the Phase 1 report was released in January 2015. An executive summary of the report is available here and a full copy of the report is available here.

The Phase 2 report focuses on strategies to assist jurisdictions with implementing the GDL Framework. This implementation plan is based on a survey of initiatives aimed at enhancing GDL and teen driver safety in 28 US states and 8 Canadian provinces and is available here.

Phase 3 begins in Fall 2016 and focuses on the development of an online resource centre and the pilot of practical tools and resources, combined with a technical assistance strategy, to further support state efforts to improve safety among young drivers.

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