Under-age drivers bans reach 1,000

Under-age drivers bans reach 1,000

New figures have revealed that over 1,000 young people are disqualified from driving annually, having been caught on the road before they are legally entitled to take a driving test.

The bans mean the youngsters concerned face highercar insurance premiums after they actually sit their driving tests.

The Government figures showed hundreds of teenagers under 17 , the minimum age for taking the test, were banned for driving offences by judges and magistrates in England and Wales.

The figures showed that 2009 saw almost 1,800 offenders under 17 banned, with 1,200 disqualified in 2010, and 1,020 in 2011.

In a House of Commons written answer Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said that youngsters convicted are subject to penalty points and bans even without being old enough to hold a driving licence.

"A disqualification of an offender aged under 17 means they cannot apply for or be issued with a driving licence until their disqualification period has passed," said Mr Wright.

Copyright Press Association 2012