Manchester has highest percentage of banned drivers


Manchester has highest percentage of banned drivers

Manchester is the worst city in the UK for banned drivers, according to research conducted by Mancunian Matters.

The city currently has 3,044 disqualified motorists, which is the highest per capita for any city, at 0.6 per cent of its population.

In comparison, London has 9,321 banned drivers, a comparatively tiny 0.11 per cent.

Following closely behind Manchester is Nottingham, with 0.56 per cent of its population deemed unfit to be on the roads.

Third placed Birmingham has 3,326 banned drivers, making up 0.33 per cent of its population, nearly half that of Manchester.

Speaking to Mancunian Matters, Mike Beavan of RoSPA, blamed careless driving and a lack of concentration for the amount of banned drivers:

"If they get banned they have broken the law and they usually break the law because they are not concentrating."

"They all know what the speed limit is – you won't be done for speeding unless you reach ten percent and two above the limit, so 35 in a 30, 47 in a 40.

"So if you're done at 35, with speedometers reading a little bit fast, you're probably two miles faster than that and you're doing nearer 40 when you get caught."

Poor driving is such a problem in Manchester that the city's police force has made increasing road safety a number one priority.

"Through Operation Dice we have been targeting dangerous road users to bring down the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads," Inspector John Armfield explained.

"We know that speeding, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt or drink driving can have devastating consequences for all road users, and although our advice may seem simple, there are many motorists who choose not to follow it.

"In doing so they are putting their lives and those of others at risk, and we will always take robust action against them, which may result in disqualification."