New research by Moneyshake, a start-up car leasing comparison website which struck a deal with MoneySuperMarket last year, has found that learner drivers are racking up plenty of points before they have passed their test, which begs the question; why aren’t those learners immediately banned for 6 months and told to re-apply and start from scratch the following year?
Moneyshake submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out how many drivers have penalty points (or endorsements) on their provisional licence. The latest data released by the DVLA shows that a shocking 65,054 learner drivers have points on their licence before passing their test!
The DVLA data shows that a staggering 10,639 learner drivers have seven to nine points on their provisional licence, while 1,803 have 10 or more.
In total, 12,442 learner drivers could have their licence cancelled immediately after passing their test. Points from your provisional are carried over to your full licence and if you get six or more points within two years of passing your test, your licence will be revoked.
Unsurprisingly Moneyshake found that wannabe Lewis Hamiltons tend to pick up more points on their Provisional licence than female drivers – or those who identify as female.
Some 52,802 men already have points on their provisional licence, compared to just 12,252 women – a difference of 40,550 learner drivers. The peak age for attracting points was 21 by the way.