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Driving: Licenses

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have lost their licences under the six-point novice driver rule since it was introduced; and how many of these have (a) subsequently retaken their test and (i) passed and (ii) failed it and (b) been prosecuted for driving without a licence. (226748)

The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 came into force in 1997. To September 2008, 160,756 driving licences have been revoked under the provisions of the Act; 87,250 drivers have subsequently passed a driving test to regain their full licence.

Information is not held on the number of drivers who have failed a test following revocation. Statistics on driving offences, held by the Ministry of Justice, do not specify the individual circumstances of prosecutions for

“driving other than in accordance with a licence”.