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New figures reveal 200 young drivers lose their licence every year

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

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YOUNG motorists are prepared to take the risk of driving without insurance due to the soaring costs of premiums, instructors in Gloucester say.

Latest figures released by the DVLA reveal 200 new drivers had their licences revoked each week in 2012.

A total of 10,797 motorists with fewer than two years’ experience lost their licences and more than half of those were driving without insurance cover.

Lee Callum, of Abbeydale Driving School, said a number of his pupils between the ages of 17 and 22 cannot afford to pay the average annual premium which stands at a total of £1,187.

He said: “There are various things that can contribute to the number of licences revoked, especially the cost of insurance for young people.

“Some feel there is no way they can get on the road unless they have got their parents backing them. Sometimes they feel it is almost unaffordable.

“The Government has to look at making things more affordable for young drivers.”

He said vehicles are vital to many young people for entering employment for the first time.

The DVLA said speeding is the second most common cause of young people losing their license but the overall figure has fallen by 13 per cent since 2010.

If drivers receive six or more points within the first two years of driving they have to re-sit their tests.

Sandra Harper, of In-tuition Driving School, said: “It is not a massive surprise but I am on the roads every day and see such a mixed bag of behaviour.

“Young people are potentially more likely to take risks but there are experienced drivers who have taken risks for years and have got away with it.

“The cost of insurance is probably an element of it but it all depends on where you teach.

“I have had two pupils pass first time and they have had parents buy their vehicles for them and for me that is quite common. But there are others who don’t have that privilege.”

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) say the number caught driving without the minimum third party insurance has fallen slightly, with 5,884 new drivers caught compared to 5,920 in 2010.

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  • dcfc79  |  April 18 2014, 12:13PM

    If people get a job, save up the wages rather than blowing it then they may stand a chnace of getting a car.

  • RoadWombat  |  April 18 2014, 11:03AM

    Owning and driving your own vehicle is a luxury, not a right and certainly nothing the Government should get involved in. If you can't afford luxuries, you don't have them, despite the "I want everything NOW and you have to give it to me" brigade.

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  • marty53  |  April 18 2014, 1:05AM

    licenCe, ***!