When it comes to UK drivers, if we were to ask you to guess the age range which has the most penalty points on their licence, would your mind instantly go to young teenage drivers?
We’ve all been guilty at one time or another of holding preconceptions about fellow drivers, from those behind the wheel of flashy sports cars, the infamous ‘White Van Man’, and young, inexperienced drivers.
But perhaps it would shock you to learn that over 65s have 25 times the number of penalty points of young teenage drivers, with over 304,000 pensioners currently driving on UK roads with a tarnished licence, compared to 12,000 teenagers.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request for the DVLA also revealed the following interesting stats:
- 575,029 over 30s have penalty points
- 572,238 over 40s have penalty points
- 568,511 over 50s have penalty points
- The highest single age with the greatest number of points is 49 years old (63,248 people)
- The oldest person driving with points on their licence is a 102-year-old
- More than 3,000 drivers over the age of 90 have points
- 8,800 people are still driving with more than 12 points (the number which typically results in a disqualified licence)
- The highest number of penalty points currently held by one individual is 68
Neil Greig, Director of Policy & Research at the UK’s largest independent road safety charity – IAM RoadSmart says “Speeding and other motoring misdemeanours are often associated with younger drivers, but the findings clearly show there is a large number of older drivers also flouting the rules.
“Regardless of age, the message we need to get through is that road safety is paramount and we urge drivers of all ages to stick to the speed limits and ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition.
“We also urge government to urgently revisit the issue of drivers with more than 12 points who still have not had their licences revoked. IAM RoadSmart has been raising this issue for almost a decade now and the problem still persists. It’s not by chance that certain drivers amass 12 or more points and they need to be removed from the public roads. By letting them keep their licence it undermines the simple “four strikes and you’re out” message and this urgently needs to be addressed.”