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DVLA reveals children aged 8 have been convicted of speeding

More than 1,000 under-17s have been convicted of motoring offences including dangerous driving in past 18 months

Data released by the DVLA under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reveals that children as young as eight have been caught speeding.

The FOI request was made by the Mail on Sunday, which says that two children aged eight were prosecuted for speeding and another for dangerous driving in the period January 2017 to June 2018.

In all, 1,024 youngsters aged 16 or under – and therefore too young to drive legally – were disqualified from driving during the past 18 months, according to the DVLA.

While they are too young to hold a driving licence, for which the minimum age is 17, any penalty points or other sanction will be applied to any licence they hold in the future.

The figures revealed that across the UK, 242 under-17s had been convicted of dangerous or reckless driving and 178 found guilty of careless driving.

The Association of British Insurers said: “The Association of British Insurers said: ‘Any minor behind the wheel is placing themselves, other road users and pedestrians in danger, as well as breaking the law’.”

RAC spokesman Simon Williams told the Daily Mail: “It’s frightening to think that anyone under the age of 17 has been caught driving on public roads, let alone children as young as eight.

“While these figures make for depressing reading, they might just be the tip of the iceberg,” he added.

The figures revealed that across the UK, 242 under-17s had been convicted of dangerous or reckless driving and 178 found guilty of careless driving.

The Mail on Sunday said that the Home Office had rejected the suggestion that government cuts had led to an increase in illegal driving by children aged 16 or under.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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