Hotspots For Driving Offences Revealed

Whether you’re driving your own vehicle or have arranged small van hire in Berkshire, you need to adhere to the rules of the road.

But new research has shown that in certain parts of the country, drivers are more likely to commit offences behind the wheel than in others.

The Express highlighted the findings from Regtransfers.co.uk, which noted that Avon and Somerset was the area of the country where the most driving offences were committed – 1,785 per 10,000 drivers between 2016 and 2017.

Making up the rest of the top five were Cumbria, Warwickshire, Norfolk and Bedfordshire. The organisation also revealed that exceeding the speed limit was the most common driving offence reported across the UK, with Avon and Somerset taking top spot in this category too.

It was Scotland where the most drivers received penalties for careless driving – such as middle-lane hogging or dangerous overtaking – and also for driving without a licence or insurance.

London, meanwhile, is where drivers are most likely to be fined for using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

Angela Banh, of Regtransfers, told the newspaper that there were some “alarmingly high figures” for fixed penalty notices around the UK.

“It’s crucial to abide by the laws of the road, even if your car is in perfect working order, committing driving offences puts not only you, but other road users in danger,” she said.

Last March, much stricter penalties were introduced for using mobile phones behind the wheel. Any driver caught doing so can now receive six points on their licence, as well as a £200 fine. This still applies if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

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