Scottish and Welsh regions top rankings of Britain’s worst Drivers

Monday, 05 August 2019
Scottish and Welsh regions top rankings of Britain’s worst Drivers

Getting your eyes tested regularly should be a key annual check-up for every person, however, many do not, and this can affect our ability to perform important tasks, such as driving. As the weather is declining in the winter months with snowstorms and dangerous ice, now is the time to ensure we are driving at our safest and not a danger to ourselves or other road users.

As well as increasing your risk of getting into an accident, you may also be disqualified from driving if your eyesight is an impairment for you and fellow road users. We were curious to understand what the impact of disqualified drivers was across the country, so we obtained the relevant data through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVLA).

Interestingly, the Orkney Islands in Scotland topped the rankings, with more than 1 in 10 of its qualified drivers being stripped of their licenses.

The highest proportion of the UK’s disqualified drivers can be found in Scotland and Wales according to this new data from the DVLA, the following heatmap breaks down the disqualification percentage across the country:



SCOTTISH AND WELSH REGIONS TOP RANKINGS OF BRITAIN’S WORST DRIVERS


Upon analysis, we found that Wales actually made up half of the regions featured in the top 20, closely followed by Scotland with six. Four English regions also made an appearance with Herefordshire, Merseyside, Cleveland and West Yorkshire.


The full top 20 list of disqualified drivers per region is as follows:

  • Orkney Islands (10.25%)
  • Inverclyde (5.35%)
  • Torfaen (4.79%)
  • Gwent (3.34%)
  • East Renfrewshire (3.20%)
  • West Dunbartonshire (2.79%)
  • Wrexham (2.70%)
  • Dundee (2.69%)
  • Herefordshire (2.33%)
  • Newport (2.20%)
  • Caerphilly (1.95%)
  • Bridgend (1.90%)
  • Port Talbot (1.76%)
  • Vale of Glamorgan (1.70%)
  • South Ayrshire (1.65%)
  • Merseyside (1.52%)
  • Cardiff (1.50%)
  • Cleveland (1.45%)
  • West Yorkshire (1.40%)
  • Swansea (1.36%)

Whilst the reasons for these high number of disqualifications predominantly stem from the typical offences, such as speeding or drink driving, many are now being penalised for other offences including ‘careless driving’. This is where drivers are judged to be lacking awareness and attention for other road users.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research spokesman for UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, said: “With the winter months making road safety a top priority for many, the data highlights how many drivers are falling foul of the law at different rates across the country. While variations in police enforcement and vehicle types make comparisons difficult it is worrying that so many rural areas seem to have high numbers of people willing to break the law. This means that not only do road users have to look out for all the usual country road problems and the cold weather but also anticipate the actions of those around them. The message is clear; if you live in one of the areas highlighted then you will need all your observation skills to be as safe as possible on every trip.”

If you need advice on your eye health, be sure to read our Feel Good Contacts Eye care hub and always ensure you wear your contact lenses and prescriptive eyewear when driving, especially on the dangerous icy roads.

The full data from the DVLA can be found in the table below:



County 2014 2015 2016 2017 % change (14-17) 2018 Total disqualified drivers Total full license holders % of all drivers who are disqualified
ORKNEY ISLANDS 12 19 17 26 116.67% 13 6,249 17014 10.25%
INVERCLYDE 59 95 133 135 128.81% 52 3,229 58986 5.35%
TORFAEN 110 145 195 274 149.09% 107 3,512 70199 4.79%
GWYNEDD 102 162 227 248 143.14% 145 2,827 87700 4.15%
BLAENAU GWENT 91 137 196 189 107.69% 93 2,733 48431 3.34%
EAST RENFREWSHIRE 41 71 64 92 124.39% 44 2,070 70498 3.20%
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE 75 125 152 159 112.00% 63 2,231 69118 2.79%
WREXHAM 157 250 291 329 109.55% 189 2,663 101929 2.70%
DUNDEE CITY 127 223 264 279 119.69% 127 2,978 103302 2.69%
CONWY 113 195 212 237 109.73% 175 2,294 91013 2.45%
COUNTY OF HEREFORDSHIRE UA 169 233 355 373 120.71% 155 2,640 142332 2.33%
NEWPORT 262 401 534 505 92.75% 245 3,217 113379 2.20%
MERTHYR TYDFIL 108 135 187 178 64.81% 70 1,980 39437 2.20%
EAST AYRSHIRE 106 214 200 219 106.60% 103 2,380 89843 2.09%
CAERPHILLY 230 385 461 462 100.87% 277 3,036 133349 1.95%
CEREDIGION 50 72 87 96 92.00% 38 1,540 51345 1.91%
BRIDGEND 150 278 281 296 97.33% 158 2,074 110717 1.90%
NEATH PORT TALBOT 166 278 272 320 92.77% 158 2,449 102993 1.76%
ISLE OF ANGLESEY 94 98 158 172 82.98% 124 1,686 54904 1.70%
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN 111 157 207 224 101.80% 94 1,844 99797 1.70%
SOUTH AYRSHIRE 82 140 140 161 96.34% 77 1,500 89191 1.65%
FLINTSHIRE 182 270 304 344 89.01% 204 2,094 116216 1.58%
POWYS 98 157 183 196 100.00% 94 1,802 106778 1.56%
MERSEYSIDE 1258 2031 3812 203.02% 2214 10,258 1016744 1.52%
CARDIFF 461 746 918 776 68.33% 448 4,210 241386 1.50%
CLEVELAND 747 1179 1530 1494 100.00% 991 6,832 483667 1.45%
WEST YORKSHIRE 2398 4354 5171 5134 114.10% 3785 21,783 1626938 1.40%
RHONDDA CYNON TAFF 316 441 537 534 68.99% 283 2,983 173409 1.37%
SWANSEA 311 550 630 478 53.70% 313 2,878 175855 1.36%
SCOTTISH BORDERS 67 116 124 131 95.52% 56 1,317 92079 1.36%
MIDLOTHIAN 86 107 157 158 83.72% 68 1,387 68917 1.34%
CLACKMANNANSHIRE 50 67 87 85 70.00% 46 1,177 42628 1.33%
DURHAM 500 881 1074 978 95.60% 561 4,751 374261 1.29%
WEST MIDLANDS 3132 5025 6159 6442 105.68% 3806 25,259 2015440 1.27%
TYNE AND WEAR 1031 1797 2061 2141 107.66% 1128 8,758 759093 1.24%
EILEAN SIAR 30 54 37 42 40.00% 17 702 21035 1.23%
DENBIGHSHIRE 115 137 192 180 56.52% 140 1,332 72793 1.22%
BEDFORDSHIRE 611 1056 1160 1323 116.53% 696 5,461 523144 1.20%
WEST LOTHIAN 148 227 262 283 91.22% 164 1,633 137511 1.19%
NORTHUMBERLAND 282 384 491 561 98.94% 235 2,592 243334 1.16%
LANCASHIRE 1506 2241 2644 3162 109.96% 1652 11,757 1111430 1.12%
SOUTH YORKSHIRE 1299 2295 2654 2516 93.69% 1249 10,613 954345 1.11%
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 1216 1954 2048 2218 82.40% 1264 9,335 816773 1.11%
SHROPSHIRE 468 642 812 917 95.94% 440 3,414 380935 1.08%
ABERDEEN CITY 308 450 399 434 40.91% 203 2,323 175171 1.07%
CHESHIRE 995 1383 1916 2078 108.84% 1166 8,139 850402 1.03%
STAFFORDSHIRE 1076 1616 1981 2049 90.43% 1096 8,305 838049 1.00%
WORCESTERSHIRE 522 755 1002 1038 98.85% 515 4,197 473009 1.00%
LINCOLNSHIRE 1220 1826 1935 1881 54.18% 1136 8,346 824550 0.98%
NORTH LANARKSHIRE 337 525 534 556 64.99% 318 2,712 247553 0.98%
EDINBURGH CITY OF 271 459 503 565 108.49% 319 2,407 340366 0.97%
CARMARTHENSHIRE 219 246 321 342 56.16% 187 1,678 149919 0.97%
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY 135 202 240 217 60.74% 127 1,206 116780 0.96%
GLASGOW CITY 529 871 882 917 73.35% 470 3,989 411324 0.96%
SHETLAND ISLANDS 32 38 36 39 21.88% 6 447 18106 0.94%
CAMBRIDGESHIRE 855 1248 1315 1441 68.54% 914 6,000 641642 0.93%
RENFREWSHIRE 149 274 211 258 73.15% 115 1,289 132572 0.93%
GREATER MANCHESTER 2601 4133 4330 4581 76.12% 2596 18,466 2004572 0.92%
MORAY 89 144 124 132 48.31% 71 827 72554 0.91%
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 820 1141 1121 1304 59.02% 697 5,353 587541 0.89%
PEMBROKESHIRE 113 172 215 167 47.79% 101 1,001 96203 0.89%
NORFOLK 767 1155 1264 1482 93.22% 839 5,775 692442 0.88%
BERKSHIRE 834 1287 1361 1635 96.04% 845 6,184 750439 0.87%
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 713 984 1151 1395 95.65% 689 5,207 657715 0.87%
EAST SUSSEX 511 953 1025 1087 112.72% 542 4,308 633524 0.87%
FIFE 360 503 564 530 47.22% 253 2,362 274176 0.85%
EAST YORKSHIRE 564 817 919 854 51.42% 457 3,742 437513 0.85%
SUFFOLK 599 874 1043 1159 93.49% 756 4,614 587921 0.84%
DORSET 639 878 1083 1216 90.30% 758 4,757 620228 0.84%
ABERDEENSHIRE 253 366 396 392 54.94% 187 1,748 205496 0.84%
NORTH AYRSHIRE 133 174 158 187 40.60% 107 946 101911 0.83%
GLOUCESTERSHIRE 479 706 851 929 93.95% 513 3,612 505360 0.83%
CUMBRIA 476 635 700 789 65.76% 483 3,286 393837 0.82%
HIGHLAND 259 346 315 349 34.75% 194 1,595 186342 0.82%
GREATER LONDON 7976 12551 12995 14070 76.40% 7941 55,713 6893909 0.81%
LEICESTERSHIRE 1000 1405 1462 1551 55.10% 961 6,542 806601 0.81%
FALKIRK 148 195 242 199 34.46% 94 1,005 118567 0.80%
NORTH YORKSHIRE 643 1031 1110 1179 83.36% 635 4,733 631328 0.80%
DERBYSHIRE 815 1275 1407 1477 81.23% 955 6,064 782256 0.79%
AVON 991 1451 1461 1637 65.19% 1052 6,718 858606 0.79%
WARWICKSHIRE 473 695 794 810 71.25% 424 3,308 445014 0.78%
WILTSHIRE 555 732 933 1036 86.67% 533 3,906 572669 0.77%
MONMOUTHSHIRE 79 103 137 107 35.44% 66 608 74935 0.77%
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE 276 389 410 433 56.88% 216 1,822 246685 0.76%
KENT 1537 2264 2510 2675 74.04% 1491 10,568 1416466 0.76%
ESSEX 1427 2274 2459 2637 84.79% 1673 10,573 1438452 0.75%
HAMPSHIRE 1600 2400 2404 2538 58.63% 1535 10,561 1534691 0.69%
ANGUS 103 130 135 131 27.18% 85 699 89526 0.69%
OXFORDSHIRE 468 661 736 870 85.90% 452 3,281 536136 0.69%
PERTH AND KINROSS 101 184 174 152 50.50% 71 760 113379 0.68%
SOMERSET 502 614 651 725 44.42% 445 3,023 451177 0.67%
EAST LOTHIAN 78 98 110 112 43.59% 54 540 79314 0.67%
HERTFORDSHIRE 979 1326 1397 1620 65.47% 917 6,318 968580 0.66%
WEST SUSSEX 568 1066 1051 1078 89.79% 559 4,404 700618 0.64%
CORNWALL AND ISLES OF SCILLY 435 574 656 671 54.25% 343 2,747 446348 0.63%
SURREY 855 1357 1426 1419 65.96% 876 6,004 1004258 0.61%
DEVON 827 1160 1371 1346 62.76% 764 5,526 920218 0.61%
STIRLING 59 100 72 77 30.51% 47 391 71375 0.58%
CITY OF EDINBURGH 9 12 20 11 22.22% 9 72 12566 0.57%
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE 61 85 92 101 65.57% 31 390 88235 0.57%
ARGYLL AND BUTE 72 87 87 74 2.78% 54 383 69340 0.55%
UNKNOWN 494 831 885 844 70.85% 507 6,092 61519 6.23%


The data was collected from the Driver and Vehicles Licensing Agency from January 2014 to July 2018. The disqualification percentage was calculated from the number of drivers disqualified compared to the number of those with full licences in their respective areas. The unknown category of drivers indicates the DVLA does not hold sufficient location data for these road users.



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