Men 'six times more likely' to get driving banFri, 05/10/2018
Figures from the DVLA have revealed that more than 400,000 male drivers have been disqualified in the last four years.
The RAC reports:
It might not settle the ‘who are the better drivers?’ debate – but official data reveals men are six times more likely than women to be banned from driving.
According to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), more than 400,000 men have been disqualified in the last four years, compared with just 66,272 women.
And younger men are being handed the most disqualifications, with 26-year-olds statistically the most likely to have their licences revoked.
Figures show that over 18,000 male drivers of this age have been banned in the past four years, compared with fewer than 2,000 men aged 60.
The figures reveal that men are 23 times more likely than women to be banned for dangerous driving – with 20,209 offenders compared to just 855.
Men are also 15 times more likely to be barred for drug-driving, with 28,500 cases compared to women’s 1,866. When it comes to drink-driving, men are almost three times more likely to be banned (150,107 incidents to 34,918).
Moreover, news that over 180,000 drivers were banned for drink-driving inside just four years makes for worrying reading.
RAC spokesman Pete Williams says the figures show the reputation young men have for careless and irresponsible driving is regrettably not unfounded.
He said: “The total number of drivers disqualified is pretty astonishing, but many won't be surprised that men make up a significantly greater proportion than women.”
In response to the figures, road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has urged the Government to adopt a road safety awareness approach that targets young men in their 20s.
The data was obtained from the DVLA through a series of Freedom of Information requests lodged by eyewear retailer, Feel Good Contacts.
Whether or not men are better or worst drivers than women is an age old argument, but when data paints as plain a picture as this, there can be little debate about who is more likely to be disqualified from driving.