Almost a quarter of a million young motorists are driving illegally because they do not have any insurance cover, according to a report released today by BBC’s Newsbeat.
They found that more than 20% of 17 to 20 year olds are not covered by a valid car insurance policy, which amounts to a staggering 243,000 illegal young drivers on our roads.
Many illegal drivers cite the huge cost of an insurance policy as being the reason for not having cover. Yet the risks of not having a policy are huge, not just for themselves, but also for anybody they may be unfortunate enough to crash into.
The BBC reports the story of 21 year old Gary Street, who was hit by an uninsured driver at 30mph in Manchester two years ago.Read More
The Department for Transport has published statistics on road casualties in accidents reported to the police in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority
More than half of all new drivers banned in the first two years of passing their test don’t bother retaking it. The law says after a ban you must re-sit a test before driving again, but many people don’t realise.
Road safety groups reckon many young people are getting behind the wheel illegally.
They’re asking courts not to send driving licenses back to banned drivers before they’ve passed a re-test.
Ollie from Essex was aged 17 and had only been driving a few weeks when he got pulled over.
“I got caught speeding,” he says, “doing a hundred miles an hour, so it was an instant ban.”
He’s one of thousands of young drivers who get disqualified every month for picking up six points or more in their first two years after passing their test.Read More
When was the last time you checked your licence properly? Have you applied for a replacement due to a change of name or address? Have you checked the back of your licence to check that the DVLA haven’t mistakenly added full motorcycle entitlement and removed your car entitlement? Or if you’re a motorcyclist, has your entitlement been removed for no apparent reason?
BBC’s Watchdog (which aired on 27th April 2009) broadcast a feature in which several members of the public pointed out that these things had actually happened to them. “The DVLA know where we live, when we got our licence and most importantly they know what we’re entitled to drive – or do they?”Read More