12-year-olds among 3,000 underage drivers banned from the road in past four years

THREE thousand youngsters have been banned from driving in the past four years – despite not being old enough for a driver’s licence.

DVLA figures reveal fifteen driving bans were even handed out to under-12s since 2016.

Hundreds of 16-year-olds have been slapped with bans every year – with 371 hit in 2019 – despite being a year from even taking their full driving test.

One driver, aged just 15, built up 14 points after falling foul of not having a licence or insurance.

The revelation comes as plans will be unveiled this week for drivers who cause death by dangerous driving to face life as part of a bigger sentencing review.

Former PM Theresa May has been leading a campaign to change the law which would give the offence on a par with manslaughter.

The family of Violet-Grace Youens have also led calls for changes after Aiden McAteer, 23, drove onto a pavement and crashed into the young girl’s grandmother.

Recent figures show there were 1,870 road deaths in the twelve months to June last year.

A further 26,000 were seriously injured and more than 150,000 people were suffered in some way.

The courts can impose a ban on the under-17s but they can drive again once they reach 17 and their disqualification time ends.

Incredibly, more than 11,000 people lost their licences last year after building up six points within two years of passing their test.

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