Derbyshire’s worst driver managed to rack up a whopping 42 penalty points, a remarkable feat given that drivers get an automatic ban being imposed by the courts on anyone hitting 12. In some parts of Derbyshire as many as one in 10 drivers have penalty points on their licence. Fortunately, you can now find out how many bad drivers there are where you live with our interactive widget embedded in this article.
It shows that the DE12 postcode has the worst drivers. It includes the leafy villages of Rosliston and Walton-on-Trent. In that postcode area there are 1,685 drivers with at least one penalty point on their licence. That’s 10.2% of the 16,501 registered licence holders, the highest proportion in Derbyshire so be careful on Main Street, Burton Road and Rosliston Road.
In comparison, just 5.2% of drivers in DE3, which covers Mickleover, in Derby, have points on their licence, the lowest proportion in Derbyshire. Across the whole of the county, some 59,929 licence holders have points.
Penalty points (endorsements) may be issued against a licence when a driver is convicted of a motoring offence. They stay on the driving licence for four or 11 years, depending on the offence.
A driver who accumulates six or more penalty points within two years of passing their first driving test will have their licence revoked, meaning they will have to retake their test. A driver may be disqualified from driving if they build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years, known as the ‘totting-up’ process. This period usually ranges from six months to two years.
Across Derbyshire, 217 licence holders had at least 12 points on their licence as of February this year, according to the figures published by the DVLA. The licence holder in the area with the highest total of points was someone with 42 in DE1, which covers Derby city centre. Type in your postcode below to see how the area you live in compares to others.
After their period of disqualification has been served, drivers can re-apply for their licence. As penalty points stay on the licence for four or 11 years, they may still be there after a period of disqualification when drivers are entitled to drive again.
Drivers can also accumulate more points for driving while disqualified. Both of these things could contribute to drivers having higher numbers of points.
Across Britain, 2.7 million registered drivers have points on their licence. That’s out of 41.1 million full licences and 9.2 million provisional licences. Drivers in the L24 postcode, which includes Speke in Liverpool and Hale in Halton, are the most likely in Britain to have points on their licence, among postcodes with at least 200 licence holders. One in seven drivers in the area (15.2%) have at least one point.
In comparison, just 0.5% of drivers in N9 in Newport, Wales, have points – or one driver out of 205 locally. Nationally, 6.5% of registered licence holders have incurred points.
The oldest registered licence holder is 108 years old – though the DVLA says having a valid licence doesn’t mean someone is actively driving, resident in the UK or still alive. There is also a provisional licence registered to a 107-year-old.
Two 102-year-olds have points on their licence – one with three and the other with four points. At the other end of the age range, two 16-year-olds have points, one with four and one with seven (16-year-olds can hold a licence to drive a moped).