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Revealed: The worst drivers in Britain are from Smethwick

2014-08-20 23:34:32

The towns with the most banned drivers in Britain have today been revealed - and top of the list is Smethwick in the West Midlands - which now has the unenviable title of being home to the worst motorists in the country.

West Bromwich, also in the West Midlands, was a close second with 191 of the 26,101 motorists in the town banned from driving - roughly 0.73 per cent.

It tied with Barking in east London, where 164 out of 22,591 (0.73 per cent) were disqualified, said the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.


A list of towns in Britain with the most disqualified drivers in the country has been revealed - with Smethwick, West Midlands topping the list (library image)


A street in Smethwick, West Midlands were 0.77 per cent of drivers have been disqualified

The figures were compiled by motoring magazine Auto Express, which limited the data to towns or cities with at least 20,000 drivers, as ruled by the DVLA.

A variety of factors can make one area have more disqualified drivers than others - including the number of speed cameras, crackdowns by police and a nature of recklessness by motorists.

Harpenden in Hertfordshire has the most law-abiding drivers. Of the 23,347 motorists there, only 19 picked up a ban in 2012 - a tiny 0.08 per cent.


A view of West Bromwich, also in the West Midlands, where 0.73 of drivers have been banned

It was closely followed by Rayleigh in Essex, which had 20 out of 22,606 drivers disqualified in the same year, equivalent to 0.09 per cent.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, London was home to the highest total of disqualified drivers in 2012, at 9,336.

However, with almost 2.5 million drivers holding licences in the capital, the percentage banned is 0.37.

Other areas with higher percentages of banned drivers include Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Dagenham, London.


West Bromwich and Barking, London, pictured, were tied for second place in the list

In total, 113, 646 drivers were banned in 2012 across England, Scotland and Wales. England made up the majority of these with 95,965, although it has the largest number of drivers at 32.7 million.

More than 10,000 of the 3.1 licence holders in Scotland were disqualified in 2012, while 7,400 drivers out of a possible 1.8 million in Wales were handed a ban.

It meant Wales was top of the bad driver league with 0.39 per cent, ahead of Scotland on 0.33 per cent and England at 0.29.

BRITAIN'S TOP TEN WORST TOWNS FOR BANNED DRIVERS:

1) Smethwick, West Midlands
(160 of 20,194 drivers disqualified - 0.77 per cent)

TIED 2) West Bromwich, West Midlands
(191 of 26,101 drivers disqualified - 0.73 per cent)

TIED 2) Barking, London
(164 of 22,591 drivers disqualified - 0.73 per cent)

4 Nelson, Lancashire
 (162 of  23,942 drivers disqualified - 0.68 per cent)

5 Bradford, West Yorkshire
(1084 of 166,171 drivers disqualified - 0.65 per cent)

6 Tipton, West Midlands
(131 of 20,736  drivers disqualified - 0.63 per cent)

7 Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan
(163 of 26,153 drivers disqualified - 0.62 per cent)

TIED 8) Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
(131 of 21,872  drivers disqualified - 0.60 per cent)

TIED 8) Wishaw, Lanarkshire
(130 of 21,769 drivers disqualified - 0.60 per cent)

TIED 8) Dagenham, London
(308 of 51,576 drivers disqualified -  0.60 per cent)

IN TOTAL: 113, 646 drivers were banned in 2012 across England, Scotland and Wales. 
England made up the majority of these with 95,965, although it has the largest number of drivers at 32.7 million.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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