Monday, 1 September 2014

Young men most likely to lose their driving licence . . .


Young men most likely to lose their driving licence

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Young men are still the most likely to be disqualified from driving according to new statistics, with this group representing one third of the total number of people banned from driving over the last year.

A Freedom of Information request to the DVLA made by the Institute of Advanced motorists, shows that 92,136 people who had their licence taken off them between July 2013 and June 2014 – of which, young men aged between 20 and 30 years accounted for 31,668.

The age with the greatest number of disqualified drivers is 25 – with 3,748 serving a driving ban, of which 3,298 of them are male and only 454 female.

Across the 20-30 age bracket, males make up 88% of those disqualified from driving, with just 4,333 females in this age group disqualified in the 12 month period, compared to 31,668 males.

Taking in all age groups, the percentage is still heavily weighed against males, who account for 85% of all driving bans, with females making up just 13,481 of all the 92,136 driving bans.

Older drivers too, are less likely than young drivers to be banned from the road. While 36,001 people between 20 and 30 were disqualified in the last 12 months, only 10,025 people in their fifties and just 3,874 in their sixties were.

Motorists too young to drive also list in the statistics, with 230 people under 17 also disqualified before they even reach legal age – including four 12 year olds and four 13 year olds.

Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, 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 future road safety campaigning. "It is also of great concern that youngsters not even eligible to hold a provisional licence are being banned at such young ages. 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."

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