THE UK’S worst drivers live in one area of the country – so can you guess where it is?
DVLA figures show some of the country’s most dangerous motorists are neighbors.
Those in West Yorkshire were significantly more likely to be outscored than people living elsewhere in the country.
DVLA data on the number of penalties accumulated in different postcodes in just one year seems to show that Yorkshire residents are less confident behind the wheel.
A whopping 3.97 per cent of all fully licensed drivers in Leeds have points, making them the fastest in the country.
467,153 locals have passed their driver’s test – and 18,550 of them have at least one point.
In second place is Halifax, a few miles further, where 3,570 out of 100,876 drivers – 3.53 percent – have points.
Bradford and Huddersfield, both in West Yorkshire, and Telford in Shropshire make up the rest of the dismal top five.
At Bradford and Telford, 3.51 percent of drivers have points, while at Huddersfield 3.28 percent hold penalties.
Amazingly, it’s actually good news for local residents in Halifax, which topped the list in 2019 — when a staggering 9.62 percent of residents had at least one point — and in 2021, when 4.50 percent did.
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Rounding out the top 10 are Wakefield in West Yorkshire at 3.27 per cent, Durham at 2.15 per cent, Slough in Berkshire at 2.93 per cent, Liverpool in Merseyside at 2.85 per cent and Darlington at 2.81 per cent.
And while Slough has the dubious honor of hosting the South’s shadiest drivers, it is closely followed by Gloucester, where 2.56 per cent have points, and Bristol at 2.55 per cent.
Newport is the only Welsh postcode to make the top 20.
By far the safest place to drive in the country – or perhaps the place with the fewest cameras – is Lerwick in Shetland.
There are 15,743 drivers in the ZE postcode, 119 of whom – 0.75 percent – have earned points over the course of a year.
Perhaps surprisingly, comparatively few London drivers have points, with those north of the capital being the most likely to have been penalized.
The same is true in busy Edinburgh, where just 1.65 per cent of drivers have points.
That’s probably because cities in the UK are the most congested.
Brave drivers heading to the Scottish capital can expect just 90 days less traffic jams each year.
According to TomTom, it is the 43rd least trafficked place in the world.
The situation is little better in London, where the average journey takes 37 per cent longer than it should due to congestion.
This means that for a 30-minute drive, drivers should expect an additional 11 minutes in traffic, making the journey 41 minutes longer.
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However, not all penalty points are awarded for speeding. They can be handed out to any motorist who breaks the law, with different crimes that carry different penalties.
However, those with more than 12 points can be disqualified for up to three years anyone who passed their exam less than two years ago could be banned after just six.
Points remain on a driver’s license for either four or eleven years, depending on the offence.
The most common reasons for earning points are speeding, careless and careless driving, use of a mobile phone, driving with a disqualification, and drunk or drug-related offences.
Anyone who leaves the scene of an accident, however, can be slapped with five to ten points, while three points are awarded for driving with defective brakes, tires or steering.
Driving an uninsured vehicle can land you with eight points, and Parking in a dangerous spot can result in three.
Licenses no longer have a paper element, meaning anyone who needs to work out how many points they have should log on to the UK government’s website with license details and their social security number.
And for those trying to find a way out of the dots, be warned – Once issued, there is no way to remove them from a license apart from waiting for them to expire automatically.
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