Brake, the road safety charity is calling for graduated driver licences to be introduced in the UK after new data revealed 33 new drivers were banned from the road every day last year.
A freedom of information request by Brake showed 11,953 new drivers had their licence revoked after reaching six penalty points within two years of passing their driving test, with 17-24 year olds making up 62 percent of that total.
Brake wants to see changes made to the licensing regime to help improve the safety of new drivers and is calling for the introduction of a Graduated Driver Licensing system.
“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 17-24 age bracket,” said Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake.
“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.”
Brake suggests the system would include 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.
The Government recently announced in its two-year Road Safety Action Plan that it will explore the issue of Graduated Driver Licensing further in a bid to cut new driver crashes, a move which has been welcomed by the charity.