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One million Brits close to driving ban

More than one million British motorists are now on the brink of losing their licences.

There are currently 6,000 speed cameras monitoring drivers in the UK and currently 4.5 million drivers have points on their licence for speeding, according to research by Direct Line Car Insurance.

One in five (21%) of these drivers are one conviction away from a driving ban – an increase of 4% in the past 12 months.

This means in the last year alone, over 215,000 extra drivers have put themselves just one conviction away from a driving ban.

Under the new graduated penalty points system drivers doing less than 10 mph are likely to receive less points than the current three. The Direct Line research found that three quarters (75%) of drivers support the Government’s proposal, which will replace the current system with a points scheme dependent on how much the driver has exceeded the limit by.

(Research was carried out on behalf of Direct Line motor insurance by YouGov. A nationally representative sample of 2,291 UK adults were questioned online in February.)

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