Why Are New Drivers Losing Their Licences?

Thu 19th Sep 2019

New data obtained by a leading road safety charity has revealed the number of new drivers losing their driving licence within two years of passing their test.

Brake has found that almost 12,000 newly qualified drivers lost their licence in 2018, under the rules which state that any new motorists who get six points within two years of passing their test automatically lose their licence.

The road safety charity is arguing the case for a graduated driving licence scheme whereby newly qualified drivers face restrictions in their early years after passing the test. The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) would see curfews, speed limits and other restrictions imposed to ensure safer driving. 

The majority of drivers who lost their licence within two years of passing were aged between 17 and 24 and the same age group accounts for almost one in five killed or seriously injured on the country’s roads.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, commented: “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. Fortunately, there is a proven solution which can deliver this – Graduated Driver Licensing.

“The Government’s announcement that they will explore the issue of GDL further is welcome. 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.”