Almost 54,000 of learner drivers already have penalty points for speeding and going through red lights before they pass their test with the majority being for driving too fast. Other reasons include not having any insurance or driving carelessly.
A third of people believe driving instructors or the person accompanying learners should be responsible if learners are penalised, with more than one in ten believing that it is these individuals that should take the points – despite this practice being illegal.
It is understandable that learners should make mistakes along the way but picking up bad habits such as speeding or jumping lights before even passing a driving test is not a good way to start and these individuals should be made aware of the consequences of their actions.
One in three people do not realise that they can get points while learning to drive and 40% don’t know that if they accumulate six points in their first two years of driving they will lose their licence.