Driving lesson

Learner drivers warned of little-known rules that could lead to driving bans

Learner drivers are warned of little-known rules that could prohibit them from driving before they even pass their test.

New research has shown that the number of learner drivers with points on their (provisional) licenses has risen to 76,000, in part due to more learner drivers on the roads due to a backlog in the driving tests which will continue until 2024. Some 61% of them already have between six and 10 points on their licence, which means they risk a driving ban if they accumulate more points.

Car insurance provider Veygo said learners might not understand the rules they are breaking. In fact, a Veygo survey found that almost a third (30%) of Britons are unaware that it’s possible to rack up penalty points while driving with a provisional licence.

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The most common offense was driving without the proper insurance, which over 33,000 learners were surprised about. While nearly 13,000 learner drivers in the UK have been awarded points for driving other than in accordance with a licence, which for learner drivers could mean operating their vehicle without a supervisor present or failing to display correctly their L-plates.

James Armstrong, CEO of Veygo, told ECHO: “The number of provisional points has jumped this year due to more learner drivers on the road as they await coveted driving test spots at the amid the pandemic backlog.We urge people to review the rules as penalties may be harsher for learners and new drivers, who may have their licenses revoked if they commit an offense or exceed 6 penalty points in the two years following the successful completion of their examination.

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