230 underage drivers already banned

230 underage drivers already banned

Some 230 people under the age of 17 are already disqualified from driving, new figures show.

Included in the group of youngsters is a 12-year-old girl and seven other youngsters aged either 12 or 13.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) - which published the figures after a Freedom of Information request was sent to the DVLA - said it is extremely concerned that young people who are not even eligible to hold a provisional licence are being banned.

The figures show that between July 2013 and June 2014 some 92,136 people in the UK were disqualified from driving, with around two thirds of those still disqualified.

A third of the 92,136 were aged in the 20-30 age range, with the vast majority of those being male drivers.

There were 3,874 disqualifications involving drivers in their 60s and only 15% were female motorists.

IAM chief executive Simon Best says the results of the Freedom of Information request highlight previous research showing that young males pose the biggest risks when it comes to road safety.

Mr Best said more work is needed to target the attitudes of young male drivers, who are often the most expensive to insure. However he said it was up to the parents of those youngest offenders to educate their children about the dangers of driving.

Copyright Press Association 2014