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Younger Drivers and Motoring Offences

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 1 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Younger Drivers Motoring Offences

Younger drivers who have recently passed their driving test are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents and commit motoring offences. Consequences for younger drivers who commit driving offences can include licence revocation and heavily increased insurance premiums.

Younger Drivers and the Risk of Motoring Offences

Estimates show that younger drivers, especially young male drivers present a greater risk when it comes to accidents on the road and traffic offences. In fact one in three young male drivers do crash their vehicles within two years of passing their test, and one in five crash within one year of passing. The law does take these statistics seriously and there are serious consequences for younger drivers or in fact any drivers who have recently passed their driving test.

Reasons Why Younger Drivers Present a Higher Risk

Lack of experience is the major reason why younger drivers commit motoring offences and become Involved in Road Traffic Accidents. Over confidence in their newly acquired driving skills is another cited reason. Lack of speed awareness and poor hazard perception has also been noted as reasons for the higher risk factor. Other reasons for motoring offences within this age group include peer group pressure and the driving habits passed on from parents. It is only once the younger driver gains experience behind the wheel that the risk of motoring offences decreases.

Common Driving Mistakes by Younger Drivers

Speeding is one of the major motoring offences committed by younger drivers. Dangerous overtaking is another common offence and driving too close to vehicles ranks as another common problem for younger drivers. Younger drivers do actually have excellent vehicle control skills but often overestimate their actual driving skills. Driving distractions such as mobile phones and loud music are also major factors to younger drivers committing motoring offences. Due to all of these factors and the lack of driving experience, young drivers are one of the most vulnerable driving groups.

Probationary Period for Newly Qualified Drivers

New drivers, regardless of age, are placed on a probationary period. This means that a New Driver is on probation for the first two years after passing their driving test. This probationary period only applies to first time drivers; those who have passed their test for the first time. Any first time driver who amasses six or more penalty points within the two years after passing their test can be returned to learner status. This means they will be required to apply for a provisional licence and retake their driving test.

Penalty Points and Probationary Periods

The Penalty Points for a new driver will actually start before they have passed their test. Any points accrued prior to passing a driving test will be included in the totting up during the probationary period. If an offence was committed during the probationary period but points are applied after the probationary period has expired they will still apply. If a motoring offence is committed during the probationary period but the charge is not heard until the probation has expired the penalty points will still count. This means six points or more on a new licence and a learner status will be applied.

Ignoring a Return to Learner Status

The DVLA will be notified of the fact that a driver has been returned to a learner status. The DVLA will write to the driver and inform them that their licence has been revoked. The learner driver will only be permitted to drive with a person over the age of 21 who has held a full driving licence for three years. The learner will also be required to carry L Plates on their vehicle. If a driver who has been returned to learner status ignores the revocation and continues to drive they can face a fine of up to £1,000.

Insurance Premiums for Younger Drivers

Younger drivers are in the high risk for accidents and motoring offences group and will usually have to pay higher insurance premiums. Newly qualified drivers can also find themselves paying higher insurance premiums. Anyone who has been involved in a motoring offence or had their licence revoked will usually find that their motor insurance premiums will also increase significantly.

The probationary period for newly qualified drivers is designed to decrease the amount of accidents and motoring offences. A newly qualified driver who is aware that six or more penalty points can lead to licence revocation is more likely to concentrate and exhibit careful driving skills. Younger drivers should be fully aware of the hazards of driving without adequate experience and the consequences that can come if motoring offences are committed.

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I hit a parked car and stupidly drove off it had very minor damage and my van had none im 24 and had my full licence for 18 months Are the police likely to convict me and if so what will the impose they have written to me for a statement as I was caught on CCTV stupid but now im worried I may lose my licence
Ben - 1-Oct-18 @ 1:42 PM
I passed my test 2 months ago and I've been sent notice of intended prosecution for doing 36 in a 30. Can I do a speed awareness and not take the points? Or will I have to pay ? Could I lose my license ?
Susan - 17-Jul-18 @ 12:15 PM
rosie93 - Your Question:
Hi,I think I was caught overspeeding. It was 20mph but I think I was going over it (21-24) then I didnt realise there was with a camera checking everyone’s speed! Ive only been driving for 1 year and 4 months. Just wondering how many points would I get since I’m a new driver. and are they gonna take my license off me?

Our Response:
Generally a fixed penalty or speed awareness course will be offered at speeds of 24mph to 31mph in a 20mph zone. It's unlikely you will lose your licence unless you already have 3 points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Jul-18 @ 12:29 PM
Hi, I think I was caught overspeeding. It was 20mph but I think I was going over it (21-24) then I didnt realise there was with a camera checking everyone’s speed! Ive only been driving for 1 year and 4 months. Just wondering how many points would I get since I’m a new driver... and are they gonna take my license off me?
rosie93 - 29-Jun-18 @ 3:20 AM
Jj - Your Question:
I was caught driving a friends car an it’s been seized due to me not having a licence or insurance and may or may not be taken to court does anyone know what I should expect or how much I’ll be charged, I’m so paranoid and I made a stupid decision by doing so. I was almost taken into custody to be made to attend court on Monday can anyone help??

Our Response:
We don't know what a judge would decide but a minimum punishment for the offences would be as follows:
£300 and 6 penalty points for driving without insurance - or if the case goes to court you could get an unlimited fine, disqualified from driving.
Take a look at our guide for details of the licence offence
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Jun-18 @ 2:33 PM
I was caught driving a friends car an it’s been seized due to me not having a licence or insurance and may or may not be taken to court does anyone know what i should expect or how much I’ll be charged, I’m so paranoid and I made a stupid decision by doing so. I was almost taken into custody to be made to attend court on Monday can anyone help??
Jj - 16-Jun-18 @ 8:16 PM
Hi, 17 year old Romanian, I passed my scooter CBT test and was stopped by the police on the motorway on a 125cc scooter they said this is illegal. They sent a fine for £100 but as I did not pay this I now have to attend magistrates court. Should I seek representation and what are the possible outcomes for this offence. Thanks in advance for your time.
Petru - 29-May-18 @ 2:21 PM
Hi, i was involved in a RTC and ive only been driving 11 months.. i pulled out of a car park on to a main road and didnt see bikers and the first biker swerved and the other put his hands up in furstration and came off his bike, theres damage to his bike and hes broke his wrist, will i have to attend court or will he just claim off me and my insurance rises? very worried and upset about this, thanks in advance for advice
CH - 4-May-18 @ 9:30 PM
Munina - Your Question:
Hi my son has been chaught driving with out insurance and with he's provisional licence and now he has to be at the court what are he's chancess and what is the penalty for that help and please any advice to help he's case thanks

Our Response:
We don't know what penalties a judge will decide upon. The general penalty for each of the offences are as follows:
Driving without insurance - an unlimited fine or discretionary disqualification and/or 6 to 8 points
Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence - a £1,000 fine and/or discretionary disqualification and 3 to 6M
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Apr-18 @ 12:54 PM
Hi my son has been chaught driving with out insurance and with he's provisional licence and now he has to be at the court what are he's chancess and what is the penalty for that help and please any advice to help he's case thanks
Munina - 9-Apr-18 @ 6:37 PM
My son was a rogue from aged 12. He is now 18 and about to get his provisional. He has 12 convictions on record 5 x in10 4 x ba10 1 x ut50 1 x lc20 1 x tt99. His last bab has just finished. I can't find anyone to quote him for moped or car insurance. Help!
Wobbler2dav - 16-Nov-17 @ 10:10 AM
I passed me test on the 4th April 2016. Does the probationary period (6 points law) expire on April 4th or 5th 2018. Also should experienced drivers who have held their licence 3 or more years have their licence revoked at 12 to stop the mockery of the penalty points system
Phil Barker - 14-Apr-17 @ 4:07 PM
Mark - Your Question:
I have a friend that drives a car on a provisonal licence, has Insurance, Tax, MOT & is displaying L plates front and rear how ever there is no one in the passenger seat that has a full licence. What will be the offence if he is pulled over? It cant be driving other wise than accordance with a licence has he has got L plates on the car??

Our Response:
Yes it can be...a provisional licence means that you cannot drive without a qualified driver - so he is not driving in accordance with the licence. His insurance may also be rendered invalid for the same reason.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Nov-16 @ 12:54 PM
I have a friend that drives a car on a provisonal licence, has Insurance, Tax, MOT & is displaying L plates front and rear how ever there is no one in the passenger seat that has a full licence. What will be the offence if he is pulled over? It cant be driving other wise than accordance with a licence has he has got L plates on the car??
Mark - 23-Nov-16 @ 7:44 PM
i recently received a notice of intended prosecution but have only been driving for 1 year and 3 months, will this cause me to be banned from driving or will a speed awareness course be sufficient? i was driving 38 mph in a 30mph zone.
far1994 - 10-Sep-16 @ 6:46 PM
i was caught speeding at 65 mph in a 40mph zone ,ive only passed my test about 6 months ago.will i get a driving ban ,points on my licence or sent on a awareness course / I was caught speeding at 65 mph in a 40 mph zone ,what penalty will i get ?. /
john - 31-May-16 @ 5:10 PM
I know someone who only has a provisional license but drives his car on his own. What's the best way to report him?
Cat - 12-Jan-16 @ 10:36 PM
Jellybean - Your Question:
My son on his 18th was asked by his friend if he wanted to drive his car round the block. He had a provisional licence and had failed his theory but had many lessons. My son said yes and managed to hit a car. He was left in the car and the others ran off saying say we said you could drive it!!! Our son stayed at the scene with the lady who's car he hit. The police came and he went and gave his statement saying he had just brought the car of someone and was talking home til he passed his test! He was sober but panicked. The police where kind and said he may get a three hundred pound fine and 6 points but they would make inquiries and get back to him but that was four months ago. The other car insurers did come round to our home to try and get details but we told him the truth that they would need to go through the family solicitor ( we got one) and that he has learning needs so would not be able to read and understand it all under stress. We have heard nothing hoe long will he have to wait and any thoughts what could happen please.

Our Response:
The police have up to 6 months in which to initiate court proceedings so there's not really much else we can tell you unfortunately.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Sep-15 @ 2:27 PM
My son on his 18th was asked by his friend if he wanted to drive his car round the block. He had a provisional licence and had failed his theory but had many lessons. My son said yes and managed to hit a car. He was left in the car and the others ran off saying say we said you could drive it!!! Our son stayed at the scene with the lady who's car he hit. The police came and he went and gave his statement saying he had just brought the car of someone and was talking home til he passed his test! He was sober but panicked. The police where kind and said he may get a three hundred pound fine and 6 points but they would make inquiries and get back to him but that was four months ago. The other car insurers did come round to our home to try and get details but we told him the truth that they would need to go through the family solicitor ( we got one) and that he has learning needs so would not be able to read and understand it all under stress. We have heard nothing hoe long will he have to wait and any thoughts what could happen please.
Jellybean - 22-Sep-15 @ 9:29 PM
@tom. The article has been changed recently to reflect the gender information. It's funny that age discrimination has not been raised as an issue by anyone in this.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Jun-15 @ 10:48 AM
This article needs updating, insurance companies are no longer allowed to discriminate drivers based on sex.
tom - 6-Jun-15 @ 11:05 AM
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