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New Research Reveals Britain’s Safest and Most Dangerous Counties for Car Condition/UseBack

260314 ScotlandNew research released this week reveals the safety levels of vehicles across all UK counties by studying the penalties applied to driving licences in 2013.

The research, carried out by was carried out in conjunction with the DVLA that provided the company with a number of cases where driving penalty points were applied for ‘construction and use’ offences in 2013. The cases were broken down into different counties with the offences relating to the condition or use of a vehicle posing a dangerous risk to the driver and others.

Results revealed that the overall top 40 most dangerous counties were from areas in Scotland, although it was hard to tell if this was down to a genuinely less safe record of vehicle maintenance/use or more vigilant policing. Nevertheless the highest number of points applied in relation to population size proved to be very top heavy towards Scottish counties.

Data provided by the DVLA following a freedom of information request was further filtered by Intelligent Car Leasing to create a comparative set of results showing the number of cases of ‘construction and use’ penalty points applied per 10,000 residents for each county. This meant that all areas could be evenly compared for vehicle condition and safety levels allowing for the best/worst to be identified.

The results showed that 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.

Looking at individual penalties in the category of ‘construction and use’, a variety of counties cropped up on top for the following penalties:

  • 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)

Access to full details of the study including a complete table of results and downloadable data can be found by clicking here.


Posted by Leana Kell on 26/03/2014