Simon MacMichael June 2 2017
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that the number of motorists in the UK who lost their licences due to dangerous driving rose by nearly a third last year.
The request, made by consumer electronics firm ASUS, found that 5,179 drivers were banned in 2016 as a result of the offence, 29 per cent higher than the previous year.
By age, motorists aged between 26 and 35 were far more likely to be banned than those in any other age group – one in three male drivers who received bans fell into that category, and 33 per cent of women who lost their licences.
By gender, the vast majority of bans were handed to men, at 87 per cent, with women accounting for 13 per cent of those disqualified from driving.
The company, best known for its laptop computers, is using the research to highlight the benefits of motorists equipping their cars with a camera, which it believes will promote safer driving.
Unsurprisingly, it has its own model to sell – the RECO Classic Car Cam.
Sales of dashcams have soared in recent years, with a number of insurers now offering discounts to motorists who use them, principally because of their value in helping determine liability in disputed claims.