Men are SIX times more likely to be banned from driving than women

Men are SIX times more likely to be banned from driving than women, with 26-year-old ‘boy racers’ the worst offenders

  • More than 400,000 men banned compared with 66,000 women in four years
  • Men are 23 times more likely to be disqualified for their dangerous driving 
  • Male drivers are more likely to be disqualified at 26 than at any other age

Men are six times more likely than women to be disqualified from driving, official figures reveal.

More than 400,000 men have been banned over the past four years, compared with just 66,272 women, says the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Men are 23 times more likely to be disqualified for dangerous driving, with 20,209 cases over that period, compared with only 855 for women. 

More than 400,000 men have been banned over the past four years, official figures reveal  (File photo)

And they are 15 times more likely to receive a ban for drug-driving, with 28,500 cases compared with 1,866.

Drink-driving remains a bigger problem for both sexes, but 150,107 men were disqualified for the offence compared with 34,913 women.

The age at which men are most likely to be disqualified is 26. Just over 18,000, 26-year-old men were disqualified, compared with 1,988 men aged 60.

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: ‘The total number of drivers disqualified is pretty astonishing but many won’t be surprised that men make up a significantly greater proportion than women. 


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‘Regrettably, the reputation young men have for irresponsible driving is not unfounded.’

Rodney Kumar, of UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, said: ‘These findings strongly back up our research and that of the Government, which shows we need a targeted approach aimed at the biggest ‘at risk’ group when it comes to road crashes – that is young men in their early to mid-twenties.’

The difference between the sexes emerged after a Freedom of Information request was lodged by eye care specialists Feel Good Contacts.

Drink-driving remains a bigger problem for both sexes, but 150,107 men were disqualified for the offence compared with 34,913 women (File photo)

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