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Drivers in the South East pick up the most penalty points, according to new FOI data

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  • Scrap Car Comparison made a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA to reveal the number of penalty points that have been issued to drivers in Great Britain
  • The data revealed that there are 4,551,873 drivers with points as of late 2022 – with speeding offences among the most common. 
  • Drivers in the South East are most likely to pick up points, with 392,673 drivers from the region having been found guilty of an offence on the roads.

New research from scrap price comparison service Scrap Car Comparison reveals the most common driving offences in Britain, with data gained through a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, revealing that as a nation, we’re far too keen on putting pedal to metal.

Speeding is revealed as the most common driving offence

Data from the DVLA revealed that speeding offences are the most common type of law breaking on the road, with 3,028,699 drivers receiving points for the SP30 offence of exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road. However, the true number of drivers caught speeding is even higher than this, given that there are a number of different speeding offences, including exceeding the limit on a motorway (SP50) or for goods vehicles (SP10). Of drivers with points in Great Britain, more than two thirds (67%) have received them for speeding.

Following the speeding offences of SP30 and SP50, driving uninsured vehicles was revealed to be the third most common form of driving offence, with 288,424 drivers failing to have their vehicle insured against third party risks – which is essential to drive legally. Failure to give information as to the identity of the driver also featured in fourth place, with 155,869 drivers falling foul of the law for the MS90 offence.

Top 10 Driving Offences in Britain

Rank  Endorsement  Offence  Number of drivers  
1  SP30  Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road  3,028,699  
2  SP50  Exceeding speed limit on a motorway627,796  
3  IN10  Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks  288,424  
4  MS90  Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc  155,869  
5  SP10  Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits  86,385  
6  CU80  Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone  80,053  
7  TS10  Failing to comply with traffic light signals  78,769  
8  CD10  Driving without due care and attention  41,168  
9  LC20  Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence  38,027  
10  CU30  Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)  30,245  

Drivers in the South East are picking up points the most

Looking at regional data, it’s drivers in the South East who are breaking the rules of the road the most, with 392,673 drivers from the area currently with endorsements on their licence. Drivers in London follow as the second most rule-breaking, with those in the North West in third.

Scotland sneaks into the top ten, with drivers in the West of the country found to be most unlawful on the roads, with 78,310 being caught for one or more offences. In Wales, those living in the South East are picking up the most points, with 77,361 drivers receiving a penalty, though the South West of the country is close behind.

Top 10 regions where the most drivers have picked up points

  1. South East England – 392,673 drivers 
  2. London – 340,011 drivers 
  3. North West England – 320,292 drivers 
  4. Yorkshire and the Humber – 284,793 drivers 
  5. East England – 280,749 drivers 
  6. South West England – 275,474 drivers 
  7. West Midlands – 271,705 drivers 
  8. East Midlands – 270,978 drivers 
  9. North East England – 109,469 drivers
  10. West Scotland – 78,310 drivers

Dan Gick, Managing Director of Scrap Car Comparison commented:

“Taking a look at this unique data to understand how we’re breaking the law on the roads has uncovered some very interesting trends. As we all know thanks to the number of speed cameras and speed camera vans spotted on the road, drivers breaking the speed limit is a continual problem that we’re facing on the roads.

“Though it may not seem like it at the time, even just a few miles per hour above the speed limit can have devastating consequences in the event of a collision and make all the difference to stopping distances in inclement weather, significantly increasing the risk of having an accident. It’s surprising to see driving with a defective tyre also in the top ten offences, as it’s so easy to prevent – we can all spare a few seconds before getting into our cars to check that our tyre walls are in good order, and that we have sufficient tread depth. There really aren’t any excuses for this one!

“Laws are there for a reason, and in the case of driving, they will most definitely make your experience on the roads a safer one when followed, and rescue the chance of your car ending up in a crash and on the scrap heap.”

You can view the full findings of the study at: www.scrapcarcomparison.co.uk/blog/common-british-driving-penalty-points

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