50,000 New Motorists Have Their Licences Revoked for Bad Driving Since 2009

Monday, 27 January 2014

We've been digging through official DVLA data here at Swiftcover, and have unearthed some concerning stats about new drivers.

In the past four years nearly 50,000 drivers, fresh from their tests, had their licences revoked under the 1995 Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act, which states that any driver who accumulates six or more penalty points on their licence within the first two years of passing their test will automatically have their licence revoked.

Worryingly, not all new drivers are aware of the legislation and its implications. Alec, 23, passed his test earlier this year and told us, “I had no idea there were any different regulations for new drivers, and I also don’t know what would get me six points. I’d guess illegal drink driving, but for all I know anything could get me six points.”

While the majority (69%) of those who lost their licences within two years of passing were under 25, it's not just young drivers who aren't taking notice of the law. 1,608 motorists in their 40s were banned within the same period, 294 in their 50s and 38 in their 60s.

Our research also revealed that men are much more likely to become complacent when they hit the road for the first time. Of the 48,983 motorists who lost their licences in the past four years, just 21% are women.

These statistics highlight the importance of quickly developing good driving habits - and raising awareness of the common misdemeanours that can lead to racking up six points. These include using a mobile phone while driving (3 points), jumping red or amber traffic lights (3 points) and exceeding speed limits (3-6 points).

Since 2009, the drivers who lost their licences will have incurred at least £6.5 million in avoidable costs - that's £136 per head, covering reapplications for provisional licences, theory tests and practical tests. Having a history of reckless driving also affects motorists' future chances of qualifying for low cost car insurance.

Swiftcover.com head of motor claims Maxine Tighe commented: “Our research raises serious concerns about the number of drivers that don’t stick to the rules of the road. This is an important reminder that a driving licence should not lead to complacency.”

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