No insurance more likely to lead to ban than dangerous driving

  • Freedom of Information request finds more people have been banned from the roads for having no insurance than for dangerous driving in past four years
  • An incredible 502,888 drivers have had their licences revoked since 2017
  • Drug driving has doubled 2017

Time 5 months ago

Motorists are more likely to lose their licence for driving with no insurance than they are for dangerous driving, new data has shown.

A Freedom of Information request sent to the DVLA by leasing company Moneyshake found that 14,512 uninsured drivers had their licenses taken away between 2017 and 2021.

That is more than 600 higher than the 13,909 people who were banned from the roads for offences of dangerous driving.


The data revealed that a whopping 502,888 drivers have had their licences revoked in the past four years.

Around 86,000 people have lost their licences per year, with around 2,000 banned per week in 2021 alone.

The FoI request showed that on average 3,767 drink drivers are banned from British roads every month.

There were a number of worrying trends in the data – including the fact that drug driving offences have doubled since 2017.

There were 11,972 drug-related bans recorded in 2017, but that figure now stands at 19,568 for 2020. 

It also found that drivers banned for excessive speeding jumped by 60 per cent between 2017 and 2019.

A spokesman for Moneyshake said: ‘We sent a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA to find out how many UK drivers lost their licence from serious motoring offences between 2017 and 2021. 

‘The data reveals that 502,888 drivers have been disqualified from driving in the last four years.

‘By excluding ‘totting up’ bans, where drivers accrue 12 or more penalty points in three years and therefore face an automatic disqualification, we found that 358,542 drivers have been banned after committing a single serious offence, averaging around 86,000 per year.

‘In 2021 alone, nearly 2,000 drivers have been banned every week.’

The top ten offences people lost their licences for can be seen below:

Doc showing reasons for losing licence

Credit: Moneyshake

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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