Currently reading: Scale of underage driving problem revealed
Research from the RAC reveals that just under 1000 children were caught driving a car without a licence in 2014; the youngest was only 11

Almost 1000 children were caught driving without a licence in 2014, new research has revealed.

A Freedom of Information request on behalf of the RAC has revealed that 991 drivers under 17 were caught driving on public roads in 2014 - a rise of 21% on 2012’s statistics.

The youngest driver to be caught was an 11-year-old boy. The youngest girl to be caught was 12. The figures show that the problem of underage driving is a male-dominated one, with 961 boys being convicted, compared with just 30 girls.

Among motorists who do hold full driving licences, men are more than three times more likely to be convicted of driving without insurance than women.

Convictions among men over 65 rose by 23%, from 809 convictions in 2012 to 991 in 2014, with the oldest man convicted being 94.

RAC insurance director Mark Godfrey said: “In trying to discover how many people have been convicted of driving without insurance, we found there is a shocking number of children who are caught driving before they’re even old enough to apply for a provisional licence, let alone have proper instruction.

“Sadly, we may have little choice but to accept there will always be a minority of young males who will be prepared to drive without a licence or insurance.”

Godfrey also notes these figures are only “the tip of the iceberg”, because the insurance industry estimates there could be as many as one million uninsured drivers on the roads.

Join the debate

Add a comment…
5wheels 30 March 2016


Just because she is not "yours" doesnt mean you can shirk being close and a real Dad to her. She comes from a broken home of some kind - maybe you are only half of what her real dad was - doesnt matter - not your place to place in public what kind of person she is. Get real and look at yourself in the mirror
Moparman 30 March 2016

Millenials mature?

Pull the other one! I have an almost-16-year old at home and I can assure you that her and her friends are far from mature. There isn't a responsibility they aren't willing to shirk nor someone else to blame for problems of their own doing. In fact my step-daughter hasn't even bothered to study for her learner's permit and the few of her friends that have tried taking the test have failed. They will just as soon sit at home on the Internet than go any where so they reckon that they don't need a car. One hundred years ago you were supporting your family or going to university. Now they are so molly-coddled that they can live at home into their 20s with a minimum wage job and complain that they don't make enough all the while not trying to better themselves. It is as if the efforts one puts in to being a responsible parent go for naught. At 16 I had been working for two years already to save up for a car and insurance. I have a 21-year old at home and at least she is paying for her own stuff including her part of the insurance. If you want the privilege of doing something you must be able to bear the responsibility as well and too few teenagers nowadays want that.
5wheels 30 March 2016

spell error

PC are too clever - GROUSE shooting not gross - grrrrr bring back the "edit" ability