54,000 Learner Drivers have Penalty Points
Provisional Licence Holders Committing Wide Range Of Motoring Offences
Nearly fifty-four thousand learners have penalty points on a provisional licence for motoring offences, Confused.com has revealed. This means that – before passing the practical test – thousands have committed potentially life threatening manoeuvres. Of these, sixty percent have points for speeding which is the most frequent offence. Furthermore, forty percent have been punished for jumping a red light, thirty-three percent for a lack of insurance and fifteen percent for careless driving. These facts come courtesy of a freedom of information request from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Mercifully, however, perpetrators account for less than one percent of the provisional license holders in the United Kingdom (May 10th 2014). Furthermore, it is important to note that some people might have committed an offence through inexperience, rather than as a reckless act. Despite the number of motorists convicted prior to passing the test, twenty-nine percent are unaware that provisional licence holders receive points. A further forty percent are oblivious that collecting six or more within the first two years ensures the licence is revoked (except in certain circumstances).
Insurance Expert Discusses Learner Drivers Penalty Points
Gemma Stanbury, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com, said: “We’re aware that people might make mistakes along the way as they learn to drive, however practising road safety is an important part of the process and picking-up bad habits such as speeding or jumping lights before officially passing your driving test is never a good way to start.” She added: “It’s concerning that a considerable number of motorists are unaware that they could get penalty points on their licence before officially passing their test. Not only could these points contribute to their licence being revoked - if they accumulate six points in any way within the first two years of driving - but they could also lead to increased insurance premiums when they are able to get back behind the wheel.”
Road Safety Charity Representative Discusses Learner Driver Penalty points
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, added: "It is incredibly shocking that so many new drivers are accumulating points especially before officially passing their test. The one positive aspect is that bad driving is being spotted and prosecuted." He concluded that: "Attitudes to driving are set from a very young age so parents have a key role to play in preventing their child becoming an accident statistic."