Men more likely to be banned from the roads

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Young male drivers make up the majority of the UK's disqualified drivers, according to new research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Figures obtained by the organisation through a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, revealed that between June 2013 and June 2014, 92,136 British motorists were banned from the roads. Of that number, 62,000 remain unable to legally get behind the wheel.

Of those banned, a staggering 31,668 were men aged between 20 and 30 – a third of the total number, compared to 4,333 women of the same age.

In fact, women made up just 15 per cent of the total number disqualified, at 13,481 drivers.

The age with the highest number of disqualified drivers is 25 – with 3,294 males and 454 females serving bans. The research also showed that the number of driving bans dropped significantly with the driver's age group, with just 3,874 people aged 60 and over being handed a ban.

Worryingly, some 230 people under the legal driving age of 17 were also disqualified, including eight 12 and 13-year-olds who shouldn't have been anywhere near the driving seat in the first place.

Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "These statistics strongly reflect the research we have already carried out in this area - that young males are very much the at risk group when it comes to driving safety.

"We believe targeting the attitudes of these drivers specifically, through advanced training for example, should be a major part of future road safety campaigning. Reducing offending in this age bracket would dramatically improve safety on our roads for all road users.

"It is also of great concern that youngsters not even eligible to hold a provisional licence are being banned at such young ages."
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