The New South Wales State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), in collaboration with the New South Wales Data Analytics Centre (DAC) and the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety, launched the Young Drivers Telematics Trial (YDTT) in 2018. It is currently one of the most extensive studies in the world investigating the effectiveness of telematics use on young drivers.

The NSW Government has a State Priority target to reduce road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2021. In addition to the stated fatality reduction target, the NSW Government is also committed to reducing serious injuries on NSW roads by 30 per cent by 2021.

The primary trial objective was to investigate whether, and the extent to which, telematics use can positively influence young driver behaviour. Additionally, the YDTT sought to identify opportunities for, or, barriers to, broadening the use of telematics as a means for improving road safety. Finally, the YDTT also sought to better understand young driver behaviours through a comprehensive collection of real-time driving data.

This report documents the key findings of the YDTT, based on the analysis of over 1.8m km (out of a total 4.1m km) of driving data recorded by young drivers from across New South Wales.