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Ban reckless drivers, finds Venson survey

25% felt that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was the most reckless offence

A survey by independent UK-wide fleet solutions provider Venson, has revealed increasing public angst over risk-taking drivers.

81% of people surveyed believe that all reckless motorists – regardless of their offence – should have their licence revoked and be made to re-take their DVSA theory and practical driving tests.

At present, dangerous driving can result in imprisonment, an unlimited fine or an obligatory disqualification, but drivers are more commonly given points on their licence than these penalties.

Of those surveyed, 25% felt that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was the most reckless offence, with 24% believing speeding was worse. Using a mobile phone or eating at the wheel came in third (12%).

Following on from a complete driver ban, 80% of respondents felt harsher fines should be introduced, while 74% said they would like to see the maximum penalty increased for careless driving that resulted in a fatality (currently 5 years imprisonment).

Over 64% would like to see compulsory speed awareness courses introduced – currently speeding offenders have a choice to either pay a fine or take a speed awareness course.

The survey follows the fifth UN Road Safety Week (6-12 May), which calls for people to #SpeakUp and save lives.

Alison Bell, marketing director at Venson Automotive Solutions, commented, “UN Road Safety Week shines a spotlight on the need for greater action, when it comes to reducing the risks for all road users.

“It’s clear from our survey that the British public would like to see more leadership from the Government as well as greater responsibility by private companies, with many calling for harsher penalties for reckless driving.”

Venson carried out the survey in April 2019 on 200 people.

Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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