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Revealed: Where Do Britain's Worst Drivers Live

Jun 18, 2019
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Halifax is home to Britain’s worst drivers, with the West Yorkshire town featuring the highest share of drivers with penalty points on their licence, according to our exclusive new research.

The analysis is accompanied by an interactive heat map so you can check how bad – or good – the drivers in your area are.

Our analysis of the latest Department for Transport (DfT) driving licence and postcode data revealed a whopping 9.62% of Halifax drivers were found to have at least one point on their driving record.

Overall, towns and cities in the North have a high proportion of poor drivers, with Bradford being home to the second highest share of points holders in Britain. As of March 2019, motorists with points in the city represented 9.46% of the driving population.

In contrast, Canterbury is home to the UK’s best drivers, with just 3.72% of the town’s licence holders having penalty points on their record.

The data shows there are 2,711,493 motorists in Great Britain with penalty points – 6.65% of the total driving population. Also, as of March 2019, there were 11,021 motorists with 12 or more points on their licence.

London is home to the highest number of 12+ point offenders, with 969 drivers. Birmingham is second at 393, while Peterborough has the third highest share of serial offenders.

The highest number of points on record is 60, belonging to a 41-year old male in East Sussex. The worst female driver is a 25-year old woman with 48 points on her licence, living in Nottinghamshire.

Our Managing Director, Rob Walker, said: “Interestingly, the top three areas of with the highest number of points holders are very close to one another. What is also worrying is that there are more than 11,000 drivers with 12 or more points on their licence, with some of them still potentially on the road.”

Top 10 postcodes with the highest number of drivers with penalty points

Postcode

Number of Penalty Point Holders

Number of licenced drivers

Share of drivers with penalty points

Halifax (HX)

10,758

111,820

9.62%

Bradford (BD)

34,455

364,162

9.46%

Huddersfield (HD)

16,593

183,465

9.04%

Bristol (BS)

61,761

719,724

8.58%

Doncaster (DN)

44,786

524,470

8.54%

Wakefield (WF)

29,403

350,953

8.38%

Leeds (LS)

41,823

504,336

8.29%

Luton (LU)

20,137

247,286

8.14%

Slough (SL)

24,734

307,502

8.04%

Harrogate (HG)

8,785

109,682

8.01%

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