First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond to our survey! We received 517 replies and the results were quite interesting. Here's the results and some of your comments.
Q1: Who should be banned from driving?
- People younger than 25: 6.48%
- Elderly, over 70: 10.22%
- All women: 1.77%
- Anyone who obtained their licence outside the UK: 41.65%
- People with road rage: 63.26%
- Other: 37.13%
Clearly, road rage was the biggest concern followed by a fear that people who had gained their licence elsewhere couldn't be completely trusted on UK roads. Gender and age were not seen as concerns.
In the Other category your main concerns were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, careless/dangerous driving and using mobiles while driving. Behaviour, attitudes and understanding of UK traffic codes were the main reasons for imposing bans.
One respondent said:
"There should be enough traffic officers to police the roads and arrest dangerous drivers. The nub of the problem is the lack of well-trained officers and the frankly silly penalties even when lives have claelry been endangered. All bans should include the need to retest before going back on the highway. And all of us who drive should carry a valid licence and have valid insurance or face arrest and possible forfeiture of the vehicle".
Q2: Why would you ban them?
- Too little experience: 15%
- Skills cannot be trusted: 55%
- Health issues: 17%
- Don't understand roads: 44%
- Other: 31.40%
Lack of skills and understanding were the main reasons you would ban people from the roads. That seems pretty fair to us. Other comments referred to dangerous and selfish driving without regard for other users. Mobile phone use, temperament and lack of understanding were other factors.
Interesting comments included:
"My passing the L test and obtaining a licence we enter into a contract to obey the rules of road, including the highway code. Far too many follow the myway code instead and should have their licences revoked. It doesn't matter where a driver trained as long as they have a valid licence and follow the rules".
"Driving uninsured increases the risks and costs for those of us who obey the law. People with road rage need anger management training before they can drive again".
Q3: What would be your main reason for bans in general?
- Speed: 2.14%
- Careless/dangerous driving: 26.71%
- Driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol: 31.38%
- Road rage: 8.97%
- Criminal activity: 3.90%
- Not following the Highway Code and other traffic rules: 20.08%
- Other: 6.82%
These answers were quite interesting to us at Breakeryard.com as we thought that speed would have rated much higher. Views were quite split between 'being under the influence', dangerous driving and not following the Highway Code and other regulations.
One commentator said:
"All of the above except Speed but including incompetence (driving test competency follow up after 2 yrs, if failed you need to get advanced training!!). On the speed limits, there are too many unrealistic speed limits, e.g. for certain vehicle classes, and in general speed limits should be looked at to ensure more consistent average speed to reduce frustration which would reduce unsafe incidents on our most dangerous roads (single carriageway A roads)".
Q4: Is the legal system too soft on bad drivers?
- Yes: 75.29%
- No: 10.12%
- Not sure: 14.59%
A very large proportion of you felt that the system is too soft.
Q5: Do you think points and fines are enough of a deterrent?
- Yes: 21.72%
- No: 66.73%
- Not sure: 11.55%
Following on from question four where the majority of you felt that the legal system is too soft on bad drivers you think that the current punishment system is too lenient.
Q6: If a driver hits a person with a car should they always be jailed?
- Yes, even if it was an accident: 3.49%
- Only if it wasn't an accident: 66.67%
- No: 24.81%
- Don't know: 6.01
Your responses showed a huge amount of compassion for drivers involved in fatal or injurous accidents. One person asked "does revenge type punishment help anybody?".
Q7: Should the police have powers to ban drivers on the spot?
- Yes: 39.73%
- No: 50.19%
- Not sure: 10.08%
Although most of you felt that the legal system is too soft on bad drivers and that fines and deterrents are insufficient at least half of you didn't want the police to have more powers on the spot to crack down on bad driving.
In summary, you felt that dangerous and selfish driving, along with behaviour, attitudes and knowledge/skills were key reasons for banning people from the roads. You also felt that current penalties were too soft but opinion was divided as to whether this would lead to more police powers of enforcement. However, all this was tempered by your compassion for drivers involved in serious collisions. Sounds like we have some great drivers among our customers!