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East Lancashire drivers picking up more points
2:58pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
EAST Lancashire ranks the seventh highest area in the country for the proportion of drivers with points on their licences.
In the BB postcode area, which covers most of East Lancashire, 31,483 – or 11 per cent – of drivers had points on their licence, and 1,077 motorists – or 3.42 per cent – had nine points or more.
The figures were released by CTC, the cycling charity, which obtained the statistics from Government data.
Out of all East Lancashire towns drivers in Great Harwood and Langho had the most points on their licences.
In the BB6 postcode area, which covers the two towns, more than 13 per cent over drivers have their licences endorsed – above the national average of nine per cent.
In all three Burnley postcodes more than 11 per cent of drivers also had endorsed licences, as did drivers in Nelson, in Bacup, and in Clitheroe.
The BB5 postcode area, which covers Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington and Clayton-le-Moors, had some of the lowest numbers of drivers with penalty points – only 3,719 out of 34,352 registered motorists had points on their licence, just over 10 per cent.
Similarly Darwen, Ewood, Feniscowles and Pleasington had lower numbers of drivers with penalty points than the East Lancashire average.
But the area with the lowest levels of endoresment was the BB18 postcode area, which covers Barnoldswick.
Here only 969 drivers, or 8.8 per cent, had points on their licence.
Places with higher proportions of drivers with points are often tougher at enforcing motoring laws.
CTC’s policy co-ordinator Chris Peck said: “It can’t be just down to driver behaviour that 1 in 8 drivers in Glasgow have penalty points, but just 1 in 20 have points in Shetland.”
Paul Talbot from the East Lancashire Institute of Advanced Motorists said: “I have no idea why the figures are so high, but points arise from a range of things - from fixed cameras, from mobile cameras, from increased police activity.
“We aim to improve the standard of driving and to hopefully not get points on their licence.”
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