Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The drivers caught at age 12: Hundreds of children caught behind the wheel each year - and given a ban as punishment . . .

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The drivers caught at age 12: Hundreds of children caught behind the wheel each year - and given a ban as punishment

  • Research by insurer Churchill found hundreds of kids banned each year
  • Children and teens disqualified from road even before having licences
  • 725 children under the age of 17 were disqualified from driving last year
  • One child aged 16 has already been prosecuted 15 times for driving offences 

Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191673/The-drivers-caught-age-12-Hundreds-children-caught-wheel-year-given-ban-punishment.html



Hundreds of children - some as young as 12 - are being disqualified from driving each year before they are even legally old enough to get behind the steering wheel, alarming new research reveals today.

And the disturbing trend is growing –with some repeat offenders being caught up to 15 times, according to new analysis by Churchill Car Insurance which calls for tougher action and bans that actually mean something.

An astonishing 725 children under the age of 17 were disqualified from driving last year - an increase of five per cent on 2013 when 692 were banned from the road.

In just the period to May this year 284 children too young to hold a provisional driving licence have been disqualified by the courts - a five per cent increase on the same period in 2013.


An astonishing 725 children under the age of 17 were disqualified from driving last year - an increase of five per cent on 2013 when 692 were banned from the road (stock photograph)

Over the past two and a half years a staggering 1,701 child drivers under the age of 17 have been banned from the road.

Seven were aged just 12, 52 were aged 13, 179 were aged 14, 454 were aged 15 and 1,009 were aged 16.

Yet although the children are not legally old enough to drive – and some may not even be tall enough to peek over the steering wheel - the courts can still impose a formal driving ban before their 17th birthday.

But the insurer says it ‘doesn’t make sense’ that bans are served when children are not legally able to drive and calls for them to commence from the date an offender becomes 17 and is legally able to drive.

Churchill’s analysis also reveals that hundreds of children under the age of 17 are committing multiple driving offences.

Some 923 children under the age of 17 have been prosecuted more than once for driving offences, with children as young as 12 convicted ‘multiple times’.

One child aged 16 has already been prosecuted 15 times for driving offences. The statistics also reveal 87 young people have been prosecuted for at least five driving offences and 15 have already been convicted of at least 10 offences.


Some 923 children under the age of 17 have been prosecuted more than once for driving offences, with children as young as 12 convicted ‘multiple times’

The Churchill Car Insurance report notes: ‘Children as young as 12 years old are being disqualified from driving by the courts, even though they cannot apply for a provisional driving licence for another five years. ‘

But it stresses: ‘Surprisingly, if children drive cars illegally on the road they may still be able to secure a driving licence when they turn 17, much like any other young driver.

‘Bans for underage drivers often start from the date of conviction and could therefore have expired by the time the offender reaches 17, though endorsements will still be listed on any licence issued. ‘

It notes: ‘Courts treat under-aged non-licence holders disqualified for driving offences exactly the same way as full licence holders, meaning a record will be set up on the DVLA’s database for non-licence holders upon which offences are registered’.


Over the past two and a half years a staggering 1,701 child drivers under the age of 17 have been banned from the road

The report warns: ‘Those driving cars under the age of 17 without a licence are putting themselves, passengers, other road users and pedestrians at incredible risk, as they have not been deemed fit to drive and have no valid insurance if an accident occurs. ‘

It calls for an urgent review of deterrents for under aged driving.

Steve Barrett, head of Car Insurance at Churchill Insurance, said: ‘It is shocking to see hundreds of children legally disqualified from driving at an age when they should never even be behind the wheel. We need harder hitting education schemes highlighting the risks and dangers of driving underage and uninsured.

‘It doesn’t make sense that bans are served when children are not legally able to drive. The number of repeat offenders is proof in itself of how ineffective a deterrent this is. Bans should commence from the date an offender becomes 17.







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