Fewer drivers were caught behind the wheel without insurance in 2018 than in any year since 2012, new figures have revealed.
Police apprehended 79,713 uninsured motorists last year – the lowest number in the last seven years – compared with 118,698 in 2017, which was the highest number since 2012, according to a Freedom of Information request made to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) by the RAC.
The figure for 2018 represents a 33 per cent drop from 2017’s high, or a 27 per cent decrease from 2012, when 108,616 people were caught driving without insurance, the penalty for which is six to eight penalty points being placed on the offender’s licence for four years.
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Of the offenders caught last year, 872 were under the age of 17 and therefore not even of legal driving age. This is 47 per cent fewer than 2017, when 1,644 under-17s were caught and 31 per cent less than the 1,255 in 2012.
The youngest offender in 2018 was 11 years-old, but the youngest recorded since records began in 2012 was a 10-year old who was caught in 2016. In contrast, the oldest offender on record is a 96-year-old found behind the wheel without insurance last year.
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