The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed stats that show between July 2013 and June 2014 230 people under the age 17 have been banned from driving despite being under the legal UK driving age. Of those 230 there are four 12-year-olds and four 13-year-olds who have been banned before their driving careers have even started. These driving bans will kick in as soon as they past their driving test regardless of what age they are when that happens.
Simon Best, the chief executive of IAM said “It is of great concern that youngsters not even eligible to hold a provisional license are being banned at such young ages”. He also went on to say “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”.
The statistics have also revealed the un-shocking fact that men in their 20’s are the most likely to be disqualified from driving. Between July 2013 and June 2014, 92,136 people in the UK were disqualified from driving and of those 62,000 are still disqualified.
Of the figure disqualified, 36,001 were people in the 20-30 age range and results show that male drivers considerably outnumber their female counterparts with 31,668 of that age range being male compared to just 4,333 being females.
The results show that drivers in their 50s and 60s are far less likely to be disqualified and kept off the roads, with 10,025 drivers in their 50s and 3,874 drivers in their 60s disqualified in the past 12 months.
Of the total amount of people disqualified only 15% were female. 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”.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: August 7, 2014
Author: David Brown