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New Research Reveals Which Counties Have Britain’s Least Safe Vehicles

New research shows which UK Counties have the most dangerous cars
Attribution: O’Dea | Wikimedia Commons

New research conducted by Intelligent Car Leasing shows a complete breakdown of driving licence penalty points applied for unsafe vehicles and unsafe vehicle usage across all counties in the UK.

Intelligent Car Leasing submitted a freedom of information request to the DVLA asking for details of all ‘Construction and Use’ offence penalty points (endorsements) applied to UK driving licences in 2013. These results were broken down by DVLA recognised counties allowing the data to be filtered to show the counties with the best and worst overall vehicle conditions.

‘Construction and Use’ offenses are those which put points on your licence for having a physically defective/unsafe car or driving in a way which reduces your control of the vehicle, something which is much less of a worry when leasing a new car. Examples include defective brakes, steering, tyres, unsafe loads and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Understanding the numbers

As you would guess every county has a different population size and therefore the raw data for number of penalties applied in 2013 was not directly comparable from area one to the next.

To deal with this each county’s population was recorded and a ‘points per capita’ statistic was calculated. The numbers below are the total amount of ‘Construction and Use’ offences per 10,000 residents for each county.

Best and Worst Counties

Stirling has the worst vehicle condition and usage record in the UK

Stirling has the highest construction and use penalty points in the UK
Attribution: Donald McDonald

Stirling in Central Scotland has the worst record out of all counties for vehicle construction and use offences. With calculations showing just under 100 offences per 10,000 residents the city of Stirling and its surrounding boroughs takes the crown.

Gloucestershire has the best vehicle condition and usage record in the UK

Gloucestershire has the safest cars in the uk
Attribution: Ralph Rawlinson

Gloucestershire in South West England has the best record out of all counties for vehicle construction and use offences. With calculations showing a meager 4.99 offences per 10,000 residents this sizeable county has the safest vehicles in the UK.

Individual Penalties

When looking at the number of penalties recorded for individual offences in the ‘construction and use’ category you find quite a wide spread amongst the counties posting the highest numbers:

  • Moray North Scotland – Defective brakes (CU10)
  • Caerphilly South Wales – Unsuitable or generally dangerous vehicle (CU20)
  • Caerphilly South Wales  – Defective tyres (CU30)
  • Edinburgh (City) and Greater London – Defective steering (CU40)
  • Durham North East England – Unsafe load or passengers (CU50)
  • Stirling Central Scotland – Breach of requirements to control the vehicle (CU80)

Full Table Of Results (Aggregated Penalties)

COUNTY CONSTRUCTION AND USE’ OFFENCES PER 10,000 RESIDENTS
1. Stirling 99.67
2. Durham 99.37
3. Caerphilly 94.77
4. East Ayrshire 83.17
5. North Lanarkshire 82.66
6. West Dumbartonshire 81.87
7. South Lanarkshire 79.94
8. South Ayrshire 74.78
9. East Renfrewshire 72.97
10. Renfrewshire 71.03
11. East Dumbartonshire 69.24
12. North Ayrshire 65.51
13. Glasgow City 63.24
14. West Lothian 61.60
15. Wrexham 59.89
16. Inverclyde 56.17
17. Dumfried and Galloway 53.71
18. Falkirk 47.32
19. Perth and Kinross 44.29
20. Fife 43.32
21. East Lothian 41.50
22. Midlothian 40.12
23. Clackmannanshire 39.41
24. Carmarthenshire 37.76
25. Pembrokeshire 36.44
26. Argyll and Bute 33.67
27. Dundee City 32.70
28. Scottish Borders 31.49
29. Gwynedd 31.09
30. Angus 29.94
31. Moray 28.49
32. Aberdeenshire 28.43
33. Greater London 28.03
34. Merthyr Tydfil 27.88
35. Cambridgeshire 27.42
36. Aberdeen City 26.40
37. Edinburgh, City of 26.11
38. Highland 25.39
39. Isle of Anglesey 24.39
40. Denbighshire 24.33
41. Conwy 23.70
42. Flintshire 23.41
43. Cleveland 23.07
44. Ceredigion 22.92
45. Essex 22.61
46. Cumbria 21.31
47. Powys 21.05
48. Bedfordshire 18.67
49. Rhondda, Cynon, Taff 18.56
50. Shetland Islands 18.26
51. Wiltshire 18.07
52. Newport 17.55
53. Blaenau Gwent 16.33
54. Swansea 16.28
55. Nearth Port Talbot 15.67
56. Hertfordshire 14.99
57. Surrey 14.46
58. Torfaen 14.38
59. Orkney Islands 13.81
60. Berkshire 13.73
61. Eilean Siar 13.37
62. Cardiff 13.23
63. Suffolk 13.01
64. Cheshire 13.01
65. Kent 12.76
66. Norfolk 12.67
67. Northumberland 12.63
68. Buckinghamshire 12.40
69. Avon 12.09
70. Tyne and Wear 11.83
71. Bridgend 11.78
72. West Yorkshire 11.77
73. Leicestershire 10.21
74. County of Herefordshire UA 10.02
75. Lancashire 9.64
76. Monmouthshire 9.53
77. The Vale of Glamorgan 9.03
78. West Midlands 8.68
79. Dorset 8.65
80. Merseyside 8.52
81. North Yorkshire 8.47
82. Lincolnshire 8.02
83. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 7.99
84. Nottinghamshire 7.76
85. Warwickshire 7.75
86. Oxfordshire 7.68
87. East Sussex 7.51
88. West Sussex 7.43
89. Northamptonshire 7.38
90. East Yorkshire 7.13
91. South Yorkshire 6.98
92. Hampshire 6.88
93. Devon 6.52
94. Greater Manchester 6.51
95. Worcestershire 6.48
96. Saffordshire 6.35
97. Shropshire 6.31
98. Derbyshire 5.36
99. Somerset 5.28
100. Gloucestershire 4.99

Get The Full Findings

If you would like to download the full findings of this research (broken down by individual penalties) then you can download the data here.

We kindly ask that you attribute IntelligentCarLeasing.com when referencing or redistributing the results of this study in any way.

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