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Where are Britain’s most dangerous learner drivers?

Last Updated: 25th Apr 2019
Where are Britain’s most dangerous learner drivers?

24th April 2019

Under the New Drivers Act, learner drivers aren’t exempt from receiving penalty points and unknown to many, they will be passed over to your full driving licence once you’ve passed your test.

There’s also a two-year probation for newly-qualified drivers, meaning if you get six or more points on your licence in the first two years, you’ll automatically lose your licence and go back to square one.

This got the team at Hippo Leasing thinking…where in Britain do learner drivers have the most penalty points?

To find out, Hippo Leasing put in a Freedom of Information request with the DVLA to obtain exclusive figures naming and shaming the postcode areas in Britain with the least law-abiding learner drivers.

It turns out, almost 67,000 learner drivers carry penalty points on their provisional driving licence.

When the total number of learner drivers in each postcode area is taken into account, learner drivers in the East of England’s Peterborough (PE) postcode area which includes Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire are the most likely to have penalty points, closely followed by Nottingham (NG),Northampton (NN),Bristol (BS) and Wakefield (WF) postcode areas.

When it comes to good behaviour, it seems learner drivers living in the Scottish PA postcode area are the most law-abiding and the least likely to be issued penalty points on their provisional licences. In fact, seven Scottish postcode areas (G, KA, ML, ZE, EG and FK) feature in the top ten list overall, with Harrogate (HG),Llandrindod Wells (LD) and London (WC) also listed.

You can view the full data below, to see how your area compares:

Postcode Area NamePostcode AreaNo of Prov Drivers with Penalty PointsTotal No of Prov Drivers% of Total Prov DriversCounties Covered By Postcode (in decreasing order)
PeterboroughPE                             1,245              92,8131.34Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire
NottinghamNG                             1,843            144,6061.27Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire
NorthamptonNN                                943              79,6811.18Northamptonshire
BristolBS                             1,239            105,3851.18Avon, Somerset
WakefieldWF                                741              66,4161.12West Yorkshire
EnfieldEN                                546              49,3811.11Hertfordshire, Greater London, Essex
RomfordRM                                930              86,0381.08Essex
WolverhamptonWV                                590              55,4261.06West Midlands, Shropshire
DerbyDE                                832              78,6431.06Derbyshire, Staffordshire
NorwichNR                                726              68,8221.05Norfolk, Suffolk
BradfordBD                                853              81,1211.05West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
TelfordTF                                248              24,0871.03Shropshire
BournemouthBH                                517              50,8461.02Dorset, Hampshire
DoncasterDN                                887              87,2391.02South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire
LutonLU                                538              53,9251.00Bedfordshire
WalsallWS                                542              54,6600.99West Midlands, Staffordshire
CreweCW                                276              27,8980.99Cheshire
CoventryCV                             1,045            106,2340.98Warwickshire, West Midlands
Stoke on TrentST                                695              70,6540.98Staffordshire
LeedsLS                             1,078            110,3150.98West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
LlandudnoLL                                545              56,2480.97Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire
SwanseaSA                                674              70,4130.96Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Camarthenshire
BirminghamB                             2,921            307,3680.95West Midlands, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire
LincolnLN                                259              27,3740.95Lincolnshire
BlackpoolFY                                319              33,9480.94Lancashire
BlackburnBB                                580              61,7350.94Lancashire
NewportNP                                504              53,8590.94Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Torfaen
LondonN                             1,998            214,2660.93Greater London
HuddersfieldHD                                286              30,6950.93West Yorkshire
LeicesterLE                             1,132            122,2680.93Leicestershire
CardiffCF                             1,088            118,1500.92Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly
SheffieldS                             1,495            162,3900.92South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire
HerefordHR                                137              14,9900.91Herefordshire
PrestonPR                                470              51,4460.91Lancashire, Merseyside
SloughSL                                450              49,5230.91Berkshire, Buckinghamshire
HullHU                                533              58,7420.91East Yorkshire
DudleyDY                                404              44,8200.90West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire
WorcesterWR                                235              26,5090.89Worcestershire
Milton KeynesMK                                600              67,7690.89Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire
SunderlandSR                                311              35,2710.88Tyne and Wear, County Durham
PlymouthPL                                508              57,7820.88Cornwall, Devon
RochesterME                                611              69,9030.87Kent
ColchesterCO                                362              41,5030.87Essex, Suffolk
SouthamptonSO                                610              70,1660.87Hampshire
DartfordDA                                496              57,0630.87Kent
Southend on SeaSS                                547              63,9500.86Essex
CroydonCR                                711              83,1550.86Surrey
IlfordIG                                631              74,1470.85Essex
HalifaxHX                                172              20,3850.84West Yorkshire
WarringtonWA                                578              68,6550.84Cheshire, Merseyside
IpswichIP                                445              53,3300.83Suffolk, Norfolk
LondonE                             2,460            294,9400.83Greater London
BoltonBL                                403              48,4780.83Lancashire
LiverpoolL                             1,182            142,4810.83Merseyside, Lancashire
TauntonTA                                219              26,9910.81Somerset
ClevelandTS                                578              71,3980.81Cleveland, County Durham
LondonSE                             2,112            263,1620.80Greater London
DumfriesDG                                119              14,9450.80Dumfries and Galloway
GloucesterGL                                453              57,5050.79Gloucestershire, Avon
WatfordWD                                251              32,6010.77Hertfordshire
SouthallUB                                702              92,1170.76Greater London
OldhamOL                                509              66,9280.76Lancashire
LondonNW                             1,155            151,8930.76Greater London
ChesterCH                                572              75,9190.75Merseyside, Flintshire, Cheshire
WiganWN                                267              35,8660.74Lancashire
OxfordOX                                540              72,5460.74Oxfordshire
ManchesterM                             1,493            200,5910.74Greater Manchester
DorchesterDT                                133              17,9520.74Dorset
ChelmsfordCM                                456              62,4340.73Essex, Hertfordshire
TwickenhamTW                                664              90,9680.73Greater London, Surrey
LancasterLA                                243              33,4540.73Cumbria, Lancashire
PortsmouthPO                                691              95,5790.72Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex
HarrowHA                                812            112,4530.72Greater London
TruroTR                                207              28,7100.72Cornwall, Isles of Scilly
Hemel HempsteadHP                                349              49,3600.71Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire
BathBA                                298              42,4200.70Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon
BromleyBR                                262              37,3410.70Kent
CambridgeCB                                313              44,7170.70Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex
St AlbansAL                                184              26,4390.70Hertfordshire
AberdeenAB                                359              51,9390.69Aberdeenshire, Moray
TorquayTQ                                195              28,2280.69Devon
SwindonSN                                334              48,5100.69Wiltshire, Oxfordshire
CanterburyCT                                381              57,7680.66Kent
DurhamDH                                221              33,5620.66County Durham, Tyne and Wear
CarlisleCA                                192              29,1920.66Cumbria
ShrewsburySY                                183              27,8520.66Powys, Ceredigion, Shropshire, Cheshire
SuttonSM                                204              31,0800.66Surrey
Kingston upon ThamesKT                                390              60,5650.64Surrey
DarlingtonDL                                239              37,5960.64County Durham, North Yorkshire
LondonEC                                  46                7,2520.63Greater London
Outer HebridesHS                                  17                2,6850.63Eilean Siar
ReadingRG                                564              89,6360.63Berkshire, Hampshire
GalashielsTD                                  63              10,0460.63Scottish Borders, Northumberland
YorkYO                                330              52,7750.63North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
SalisburySP                                140              22,5610.62Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset
LondonW                                796            129,1550.62Greater London
Newcastle upon TyneNE                                920            152,9880.60Tyne and Wear, Northumberland
StevenageSG                                233              38,8690.60Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire
LondonSW                             1,145            193,6230.59Greater London
ExeterEX                                297              50,3910.59Devon
BrightonBN                                579              98,4680.59East Sussex, West Sussex
PerthPH                                101              17,2540.59Highlands, Perth and Kinross
GuildfordGU                                409              70,5840.58Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, Berkshire
Tunbridge WellsTN                                374              66,1810.57Kent, East Sussex
DundeeDD                                191              33,8320.56Dundee, Angus, Fife
StockportSK                                344              61,5710.56Cheshire, Derbyshire
KirkcaldyKY                                229              41,0390.56Fife, Perth and Kinross
RedhillRH                                303              54,8150.55West Sussex, Surrey
InvernessIV                                135              24,4960.55Highlands, Moray
KirkwallKW                                  28                5,1350.55Highlands, Orkney Islands
FalkirkFK                                164              30,5560.54Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire
LondonWC                                  43                8,1580.53Greater London
EdinburghEH                                534            118,1910.45Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Scottish Borders
LerwickZE                                  11                2,4440.45Shetland Islands
Llandrindod WellsLD                                  15                3,5390.42Powys
MotherwellML                                195              46,9160.42South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire
HarrogateHG                                  49              11,8390.41North Yorkshire
KilmarnockKA                                176              43,2570.41North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire
GlasgowG                                729            188,3730.39Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire
PaisleyPA                                130              42,2640.31Argyll and Bute, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde
      
 Grand Total                           66,541         8,177,3860.81 

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