New drivers lose their licence after six points

Statistics show just how many newly qualified drivers thumb their noses at the concept of safe driving.

Strict laws to cut the number of deaths of inexperienced drivers were brought in in 1995, leading to an automatic ban for those who totted up six penalty points or more within the first two years of them passing their test.

The DVLA recently revealed that in the last four years almost 50,000 new drivers lost their licences. Around 70% of these were young men under the age of 25, while 80% were men of any age and even the over 70s were represented.

Penalty points cover a range of offences:

  • Speeding – 3 or 6 points
  • Using a hand-held mobile – 3 points
  • Ignoring a red light – 3 points
  • Racing another vehicle – 3 to 11 points
  • Driving without insurance – 6 to 8 points
  • Drink-driving – 10 points

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Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is currently considering other measures to cut the death toll on the roads. These include measures such as:

  • Imposing a night-time curfew for inexperienced drivers (probably between 10pm and 5am when accidents are more likely to happen)
  • Limiting the number of passengers they can carry to cut down on distractions or the temptation to speed or drive dangerously in a misguided attempt at being seen as “cool”
  • Making the displaying of P-plates (denoting “probation”) compulsory for a set period after passing the test
  • Imposing different drink-driving limits

It is thought that these measures could reduce deaths and injuries on the road by almost 4,500 a year.

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