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Drivers face £12k bill just to put first car on the road

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Young drivers are facing bills of up to £12,000 to put their car on the road for the first year - even if they never drive anywhere.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the average cost of lessons before passing a driving test is £1,128.

Add in the cost of the test itself (£100), a used car (£3,000), insurance (£7,900) and tax (£180), and it is a very steep bill for any new driver.

On top of this, of course, is the cost of petrol and regular maintenance, which varies from driver to driver.

IAM chief executive Simon Best says insurance is the major problem for young motorists, adding that the average cost of an insurance claim for a young driver is half the cost of a year's insurance.

"This will have an effect on road safety because young drivers are consequently unlikely to afford newer and safer vehicles," he warned.

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