Thousands of learner drivers get penalty points

Statistics show that almost 54,000 learner drivers are accumulating penalty points before passing their test.

Even though it is easy to make mistakes during the process of learning to drive, it is still important to remain within the bounds of the law, as many are finding that they are accumulating penalty points before passing their test.

According to statistics from Confused.com, almost 54,000 learner drivers currently have penalty points on their licence.

This means that they could see a rise in the cost of their insurance, which will already be high compared to people who have held a full driving licence for years.

Commenting on the results, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) Neil Greig said: "It is incredibly shocking that so many new drivers are accumulating points especially before officially passing their test.  The one positive aspect is that bad driving is being spotted and prosecuted."

Using statistics from the DVLA, it was found that the leading motor offence that learner drivers were accumulating penalty points for was speeding, as this accounted for 60 per cent of instances.

The next most common reason as to why learner drivers were accumulating penalty points was because some had been caught jumping red lights, with this being true in 43 per cent of cases.

Insurance also proved to be a problem, as 33 per cent of learner drivers with points on their licences had been caught behind the wheel without any.

Lastly, careless driving also accounted for 15 per cent of instances when learners had accumulated points on their licences.

Head of car insurance at Confused.com Gemma Stanbury said: “Practising road safety is an important part of the process, and picking up bad habits such as speeding or jumping lights before officially passing your driving test is never a good way to start."

The statistics also showed that 22 per cent of people who had been charged with motoring offences had done so before they had passed their test.

  • On: 27 June 2014
  • By: CarShop

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