10,000 new drivers had their licence revoked in 2012
An article published on BBC’s Newsbeat site reveals that a shocking 10,000 drivers with under 2 years’ experience lost their licences in 2012 - that’s around 200 a week!
More than half were caught driving without insurance, but a significant number were also penalised due to speeding offences, while others were driving under the influence of drink or drug - althought thankfully this was only around 0.6%.
It isn’t all bad news though - the number of people losing their licences has actually decreased compared to previous years. The Motor Insurance Bureau reports that the number of uninsured drivers has significantly fallen – partly thanks to innovative products like our black box insurance, offering affordable insurance to young people.
But the high number of newly qualified drivers that speed shows that too many are still putting themselves in danger.
As a newly qualified driver, it only takes six points on your licence to lose it. If this happens to you, you'll end up having to retake both your theory and your practical driving test. It's only after two years that the points allowance rises to 12.
As we've said previously, improved driver education is key to making young drivers safer on the road, and again today the Association of British Insurers added their support to calls for improved driver education and a minimum learning period.