Under-age driving figures revealed

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DVLA figures obtained by the RAC as a result of a Freedom of Information request have revealed hundreds of children were among those caught driving without insurance over a 12-month period.

In total, more than 100,000 people were convicted of the offence in 2014. This represents a 6% decrease from 2012.

However, the figures revealed a rather worrying number of children being caught driving under-age and without insurance.

According to the DVLA figures, 991 children under the age of 17 were caught behind the wheel in 2014. Of this total, 961 were boys and just 30 were girls. Among those caught were an 11-year-old boy and a girl of 12.

The RAC said the latest figures show the number of people driving under-age without insurance has increased 21% from 2012.

The DVLA figures also revealed more than 15,000 people of all ages were caught and convicted of driving without a licence, a rise of 6% compared to 2012.

Of full licence holders caught driving without insurance, 46,000 were male while 13,000 were female. Included in these totals were 992 men and 176 women aged 65 and over, representing an increase of 23% and 19%, respectively.

However, the RAC said these figures obtained through the Freedom of Information request only represented "the tip of the iceberg."

The automotive services company believes around one million people are driving on UK roads without car insurance. By doing so, these drivers are putting themselves, and others, at risk.

Are you surprised by the figures?

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