An average of 33 newly-qualified motorists have their licences taken off them every day in the UK, shocking new stats have revealed.
Under the New Drivers Act 1995, anyone who racks up more than six penalty points within two years of passing their test will automatically have their licence revoked.
This happened to 11,953 people in 2018, with two thirds being between the ages of 17 and 24, according to road safety charity, Brake.
Some 11,953 new drivers had their licecnes revoked in 2018, with two thirds being between the ages of 17 and 24
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for the charity, said: ‘It’s shocking that so many new drivers are racking up enough penalty points to have their licences revoked so soon after passing their test, in particular, those in the 17 to 24 age bracket.
‘It clearly demonstrates that we need to make our licensing system more robust so that when a driver passes their test, they have all the necessary tools and knowledge to drive safely on all roads and in all conditions.
Idea to share driving footage with parents
A new report by the RAC Foundation said one way to reduce the risk of younger drivers on the road was to force them to have cameras in their vehicles and footage shared with parents so they can monitor their behaviour at the wheel.
Studies in America have found that a combined use of dash cams and ‘accelerometers’ – which record the high G-forces created when a car is driven erratically or dangerously – reduces bad driving, if young novices know the information will be shared with their mum and dad.
‘Fortunately, there is a proven solution which can deliver this, graduated driver licensing.’
The GDL scheme would demand all new motorists to have a 12-month learner period, an initial test, and then a two-year novice period when drivers can drive independently but with restrictions – such as a late-night driving curfew.
Ministers announced in the recent Road Safety Action Plan that they will explore the issue of Graduated Driver Licensing further in a bid to cut new driver crashes.
‘The Government’s announcement that they will explore the issue of GDL further is welcome,’ added Harris.
‘Swift and decisive action must, however, be taken to introduce GDL across the UK, as a priority to ensure new drivers have the skills and experience they need and to end the tragedy of young people dying on our roads.’