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.
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.
Stirling has the worst vehicle condition and usage record in the UK
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 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.
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:
|COUNTY||CONSTRUCTION AND USE’ OFFENCES PER 10,000 RESIDENTS|
|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|
|11. East Dumbartonshire||69.24|
|12. North Ayrshire||65.51|
|13. Glasgow City||63.24|
|14. West Lothian||61.60|
|17. Dumfried and Galloway||53.71|
|19. Perth and Kinross||44.29|
|21. East Lothian||41.50|
|26. Argyll and Bute||33.67|
|27. Dundee City||32.70|
|28. Scottish Borders||31.49|
|33. Greater London||28.03|
|34. Merthyr Tydfil||27.88|
|36. Aberdeen City||26.40|
|37. Edinburgh, City of||26.11|
|39. Isle of Anglesey||24.39|
|49. Rhondda, Cynon, Taff||18.56|
|50. Shetland Islands||18.26|
|53. Blaenau Gwent||16.33|
|55. Nearth Port Talbot||15.67|
|59. Orkney Islands||13.81|
|61. Eilean Siar||13.37|
|70. Tyne and Wear||11.83|
|72. West Yorkshire||11.77|
|74. County of Herefordshire UA||10.02|
|77. The Vale of Glamorgan||9.03|
|78. West Midlands||8.68|
|81. North Yorkshire||8.47|
|83. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||7.99|
|87. East Sussex||7.51|
|88. West Sussex||7.43|
|90. East Yorkshire||7.13|
|91. South Yorkshire||6.98|
|94. Greater Manchester||6.51|
If you would like to download the full findings of this research (broken down by individual penalties) then you can download the data here.
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