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Men in their twenties most likely to be banned from driving

Men aged between 20 and 30 were the most likely to have been disqualified from driving, according to DVLA figures obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

92,136 motorists were banned from driving – around 62,000 of which are still disqualified – during the 12 months from July 2013 and June 2014, the official statistics reveal.

31,688 of all driving bans involved men aged between 20 and 30. Females were much more responsible overall, representing just 15 per cent of the total with 13,481 bans – 4,333 of which were in the 20 to 30 age bracket.

3,748 motorists aged 25 are currently serving disqualification, the highest figure of any age. The split between male and female is 3,294 and 454 instances, respectively.

Institute of Advanced Motorists chief executive Simon Best commented: “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.” 

230 driving bans were handed out to those too young to drive. This figure includes four 12 year olds and four 13 year olds.

“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,” Best added. 

A report in August 2013 found there were more than 8,000 drivers with more than 12 penalty points on their licence yet still legally allowed to drive, including one bloke who managed a total of 54 points.


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