Young Men Most Dangerous On The Road?
Men in their twenties were the most common demographic banned from driving as of June 21st 2014, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed. There were, in fact, 92,136 disqualified motorists in the UK – of which 31,668 were men in this bracket. In contrast, there were only 4,333 females in their twenties which brought the total to 36,001. And it seems that more experienced motorists are less likely to break the rules of the road. As such, those in their fifties accounted for 10,025 bans, and only 3,874 people in their sixties had fallen foul of the law. Worryingly, 230 people aged less than seventeen were banned too (included children of twelve and thirteen). This information came via a Freedom of Information Request from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Road Safety Expert Discusses Male Motorists
Simon Best, Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, 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. Reducing offending in this age bracket would dramatically improve safety on our roads for all road users.” He added: “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.”
How A Driver Is Banned
The UK has a driving licence penalty points system. Each offence is associated with a specific number of points (or a range of points to account for severity). As such, travelling at thirty-six in a thirty zone typically earns the perpetrator three. Driving without due care and attention, in contrast, is worth between three and nine. Points stay on the licence for a pre-defined period and influence employment prospects, whether the motorist can hire a vehicle, and the price of insurance. Collecting twelve points typically leads to a ban. New drivers, in contrast, are disqualified at six. But there are exceptions. A motorist might not be banned if losing the licence would cause exceptional hardship. There is no legal definition of “exceptional” – so the perpetrator has to argue a justifiable case. This ensures that some extremely dangerous drivers with twenty/thirty points on their licence have avoided bans – so the system is open to abuse.