Children are increasingly being banned from driving before they are even old enough to get behind the wheel according to research.
Analysis from Churchill Car Insurance found that 725 children under the age of 17 were disqualified from driving in 2014, an increase of 5% on 2013 when 692 drivers under 17 were banned from the road. Already this year, 284 children too young to hold a provisional driving licence have been disqualified by the courts - a 5% increase on the same period in 2013.
The research also found that 923 children under the age of 17 have been prosecuted more than once for driving offences, with children as young as 12 convicted multiple times. A child aged 16 has already been prosecuted 15 times for driving offences. Statistics revealed that 87 young people had been prosecuted for at least five driving offences and 15 have already been convicted of at least 10 offences.
Steve Barrett, head of Car Insurance at Churchill Insurance, said: “It is shocking to see hundreds of children legally disqualified from driving at an age when they should never even be behind the wheel. We need harder hitting education schemes highlighting the risks and dangers of driving underage and uninsured.”