DVLA data shows the zip codes where the highest proportion of drivers have penalty points
The UK’s worst areas for unlawful drivers have been revealed by a new analysis of license data.
A comparison of license holders and penalty points per zip code found that drivers in the worst areas are three times more likely to have points on their license than the national average.
West Yorkshire was cited as the worst region overall, with eight of the top 10 postcodes on the list within its borders, while a further two, including the only worst area, are in Merseyside. You can use our tool at the end of this article to see how your postal code ranks.
According to figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), five percent of all drivers – around two million people – have penalty points on their driver’s license.
However, 15% of drivers in the L24 postcode, which covers parts of Liverpool and East Merseyside, have points on their driving license – more than any other single postcode in the country. A second Liverpool postcode – L28 – is sixth on the list of infamy, with 13.8% of drivers holding valid points.
Despite Liverpool appearing twice in the list, drivers in and around Bradford are most likely to have points, with five BD postcodes in the top 10.
In BD3, which covers central and eastern parts of the city, 14.5% of drivers have points, which puts it in second place on the list compiled by Collingwood Insurance Services. Postcodes BD1, 4, 5 and 9 are also in the top 10, although East Leeds and Wakefield are third and fourth respectively.
The sparsely populated EC4V postcode in the heart of London, on the other hand, has no drivers with penalty points, according to official information. The nearby ECVA postcode is also among the areas with the lowest percentage of offenders, ranking fourth with just 1.8% of drivers.
However, it’s the Scottish Hebrides that seem to have the most law-abiding motorists in the country. Five of the 10 postcodes with the lowest proportion of points holders are within the island chain, including Islay postcodes PA48 and PA43, which come second and third in the list with just 1.3% and 1.7% of drivers having points. Coll, Tiree and Harris are also on the list, along with the nearby Isle of Arran, Newport on the Isle of White and London’s Covent Garden (WC2E).
The lower proportion of drivers with points in these areas could be due to impeccable driving standards or the fact that less populated areas like the Highlands and the Islands have fewer detection devices like speed cameras, as well as a lower density of police officers to catch law-breakers.
You can use our search tool below to check exactly what percentage of drivers in your postcode have penalty points.