Insurance costs: loading the young

Census figures suggest the number of young drivers should be rising

A significant drop in the number of young people holding a driver’s licence or applying for a learner permit is undoubtedly linked to the prohibitive cost of car insurance for young drivers.

The figures tell their own story. Data from the Department of Transport shows that the number of 17- to 20-year-olds holding a learner’s permit declined by a third from 90,413 in 2006 to 57,821 in 2016. The number of young people in the same age group holding a full licence declined from a peak of 52,000 in 2008 to 35,173 in 2016.

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