Scottish counties have highest level of unsafe vehicle offences
The survey uses information provided by the DVLA to Intelligent Car Leasing on the number of cases where driving licence penalty points were applied for “construction and use” offences in 2013 broken down by county. These offences relate to the condition or use of a vehicle posing a dangerous risk to the driver and others.
The majority of results in the overall top 40 most dangerous are from areas in Scotland although Intelligent Car Leasing says it’s not known if this is down to a genuinely less safe record of vehicle maintenance/use or more vigilant policing.
The DVLA’s provided data has been further filtered by Intelligent Car Leasing to create a comparative set of results on a points applied per capita basis to allow all areas to be evenly compared for vehicle condition and safety levels allowing for the best/worst to be identified.
The most dangerous out of all counties in the UK is Stirling in Central Scotland; with 99.67 incidences of “construction and use” penalties being applied per 10,000 residents.
On the opposite end of the spectrum Gloucestershire in South West England reveals itself as the safest; with only 4.99 incidences of points being applied per 10,000 residents.
When looking at individual penalties in the category of “construction and use” penalties, a number of counties crop up on top:
- Moray North Scotland – Defective brakes (CU10)
- Caerphilly South Wales – Using an unsuitable or generally dangerous vehicle (CU20)
- Caerphilly South Wales – Defective tyres (CU30)
- Edinburgh (City) and Greater London – Defective steering (CU40)
- Durham North East England – Unsafe load or passengers (CU50)
- Stirling Central Scotland – Breach of requirements to control the vehicle (CU80)
The full table of results is available here.