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Bristol drivers ‘most likely’ to have points on their licence

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Bristol has the highest proportion of drivers with at least three penalty points on their licence, according to the latest DVLA data.

The research, from Motorway.co.uk, reveals that 6.8% of the population have at least three points on their licence, some 60,000 drivers registered in the Bristol area. More than 14,279 are multiple offenders, with at least six points on their licences.

The figures are supported by speed camera data obtained from local police forces, which shows that the two most active speed cameras in the UK, are on the M32 to Bristol and between Bristol Junction 19 and 20 on the M4.

Twice as many drivers were caught speeding in Avon and Somerset, which covers the Bristol area, than in any other police force area, between June 2016 and May 2018.

Slough and Halifax have the next highest number of car drivers with at least three penalty points on their licences as a percentage of population, both with 6.4%.

Across England and Wales, 2.69 million drivers currently have at least three points on their licences, and 11,090 have at least 12 points and are likely serving an automatic ban.

Almost 80,000 drivers have nine penalty points on their licenses, which means 79,463 drivers are one more motoring offence away from receiving an automatic ban.

Motorway.co.uk obtained the data on penalty points by postcode across England and Wales from the DVLA, through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made in February 2019.

The following table shows the worst postcode areas, ranked in order of highest number of drivers who have incurred at least three penalty points on their driving licences as a percentage of population.

Postcode area

Town/City

Population

No. of drivers with at least 3 points on licences

No. of drivers with at least 3 points on licences as % of population

BS

Bristol

940,241

63,747

6.78%

SL

Slough

373,607

24,017

6.43%

HX

Halifax

160,378

10,209

6.37%

HG

Harrogate

138,343

8,709

6.30%

HD

Huddersfield

262,814

16,294

6.20%

TA

Taunton

322,197

19,720

6.12%

BH

Bournemouth

551,987

33765

6.12%

LU

Luton

335,950

20,360

6.06%

HP

Hemel Hempstead

488,351

29,126

5.96%

WR

Worcester

287,414

16,988

5.91%

NN

Northampton

653,215

38,330

5.87%

BD

Bradford

578336

33,487

5.79%

DN

Doncaster

755,713

43,718

5.79%

BA

Bath

434,166

24,309

5.60%

WF

Wakefield

512,657

28,613

5.58%

WD

Watford

255,988

14,177

5.54%

DT

Dorchester

213,203

11,577

5.43%

CM

Chelmsford

653,492

35,026

5.36%

YO

York

562,439

30,082

5.35%

SS

Southend-on-Sea

518,677

27,660

5.33%

Postcode districts

A town or city is made up of postcode districts. The most prolific postcode district for penalty points is Bristol postcode BS16. Over 5,500 drivers in BS16 currently have at least three points on their licences, more than any other postcode district in England and Wales.

The following table shows the worst postcode districts, ranked in order of highest number of drivers who have at least three penalty points on their current driving licences.

Postcode district

Town/City

No. of drivers with 3 points on licences

No. of drivers with 9 points on licences

No. of drivers with at least 3 points on  licenses

BS16

Bristol

4,124

220

5,530

CR0

Croydon

2,945

143

4,688

NN3

Northampton

3,245

144

4,454

SL6

Maidenhead

3,431

110

4,452

LE2

Leicester

3,039

142

4,227

LE3

Leicester

2,880

156

4,146

NG5

Nottingham

2,894

154

3,966

BH23

Christchurch

3,117

91

3,922

LU7

Leighton Buzzard

2,866

128

3,809

NG16

Nottingham

2,935

113

3,803

SL1

Slough

2,562

141

3,799

BA2

Bath

2,827

71

3,506

PR2

Preston

2,556

125

3,502

SL3

Slough

2,415

129

3,437

CF14

Cardiff

2,600

86

3,390

BS4

Bristol

2,504

130

3,367

NG8

Nottingham

2,386

111

3,333

PR4

Preston

2,538

104

3,315

GL2

Gloucester

2,523

102

3,298

CV6

Coventry

2,178

105

3,286

Alex Buttle, director of Motorway.co.uk, said: “It was perhaps not surprising to see most Greater London areas at the very bottom of the list for motoring offences as anyone who has spent time on main roads in the capital will understand the opportunity to break the speed limit is minimal with most main roads highly congested during peak hours.”  



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