I know that this would take some sort of miracle to have implemented, but hear me out. Chef, I think it was, posted stats showing the road fatality rates around the world. Japan had better stats than us, and having lived there for 6 odd years I have been trying to think of things they do differently that we could implement - things that aren't too restrictive that have a positive benefit for all road users! There it was, staring me in the face. Lots of people ride 50cc scooters over there. Why? There are lots of factors, but one of the biggest factors is that to get a car licence one needs to be 18 years old, while a 50cc licence can be gained from 16 years of age. This means a LOT of people ride scooters for a year or two before going on to drive a car, and that's good for a lot of reasons. There are so many benefits to this system it is impossible to list them all, but I'll mention a few that I can think of. Firstly, road craft can be learnt in a low mass, low inertia vehicle with very little risk of hurting anyone else in the event of an accident. The risk of injury at scooter speeds are also minimal. The extra attention required on the road on a scooter will likely improve the driver's scan for hazards when they eventually do get into a car. Teenagers aren't going to have four friends in the back of their scooter to try to impress. The large number of bikes and scooters on the road also means vehicles are effectively forced to be more aware of them. Car drivers are also more likely to be a past or present rider, adding to the extra awareness and therefore safety. Riding a scooter at the early stage of ones motoring career is likely to lead to one riding a scooter or bike throughout ones life. The flow on benefits outside of safety also likely include reduced congestion, reduced pollution, and reduced carbon footprint. So, what do you guys think?