Thursday, 4 September 2014

Shock over pre-teens banned from driving . . .


Shock over pre-teens banned from driving

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A 12-year-old girl and seven other youngsters aged either 12 or 13 are among people disqualified from driving, according to latest figures.

These young offenders are among 230 people under the age of 17 who are currently disqualified, statistics from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) show.

"It is of great concern that youngsters not even eligible to hold a provisional licence are being banned at such young ages," said IAM chief executive Simon Best.

The figures were supplied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency following a Freedom of Information Act request by the IAM.

They showed 92,136 people in the UK were disqualified from driving between July 2013 and June 2014. Of those, about 62,000 are still disqualified.

As many as 36,001 of the 92,136 were in the 20-30 age range, including 31,668 male drivers. Only 3,874 of the disqualifications involved drivers in their 60s and only 15% involved women motorists.

Mr Best said: "These statistics strongly reflect the research we have already carried out in this area - that young males are very much the at risk group when it comes to driving safety.

"We believe targeting the attitudes of these drivers specifically, through advanced training for example, should be a major part of road safety campaigning."

On the youngest offenders, Mr Best added: "Parents need to be aware their children are putting their own lives and those of others at huge risk by taking the wheel of a car on public roads."

AA Driving School managing director Jim Kirkwood said: "These figures reflect the poor attitude to road safety some young people sadly adopt. We need to help encourage them to develop a more responsible attitude to keeping themselves, and everyone else, safe."

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