DVLA data also showed a dramatic year-on-year increase in prosecutions since the start of 2017 as thousands break strict driving laws. A total of 11,560 offenders were picked up by the DVLA in 2017 before a dramatic rise of almost 600 to 12,128 in 2018.
A further smaller increase was noted last year with 12,182 drivers recorded using vehicles despite already being disqualified from driving.
Analysis from Select Car Leasing has revealed that there was a major gender divide with men seventeen times more likely to be caught breaking the simple rule.
A total of 33,696 male drivers were prosecuted for driving while disqualified over the past three years compared to 2,174.
James O’Malley, director of Select Car Leasing said it “beggars belief” that so many drivers who were banned were still using their vehicles.
“It is also worrying to discover that the total number of these prosecutions is rising every year – from 11,560 in 2017 to 12,182 last year.
“It beggars belief that such large numbers of people who are deemed by the law to be unfit for the roads, for whatever reason, are being caught.
“And it is even more worrying when you consider that there will be a large number who are not caught and carry on putting lives at risk.”
Those caught breaking the rule are likely to be issued a criminal conviction which could see offenders issued a prison sentence.
The length of a driving ban usually varied based on how serious the offence is considered to be.
Drivers are likely to receive a simple six-month ban if they total 12 points within three years but this can rise to one or two years for repeat offenders,
GOV.UK warns that drivers who are disqualified for 56 days or more must apply for a new licence before getting back behind the wheel.
Some road users may also be required to retake their driving test before they are re-issued a full licence.
Published at Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:36:00 +0000