Birmingham has highest proportion of disqualified drivers

12.00 | 11 December 2013 | | 1 comment

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that of the UK’s 10 largest cities, Birmingham has the highest proportion of disqualified drivers.

Conversely, Edinburgh has the smallest proportion of disqualifications.

The FOI request, made by, relates to driver disqualifications in 2012. The data shows that in Birmingham there were 3,000 disqualifications issued in 2012, out of 515,591 registered drivers, which equates to 0.58% of all drivers.

With 2,537 disqualifications out of 516,933 drivers, Manchester has the second highest proportion of disqualifications (0.49%).

At the other end of the scale, in Edinburgh there were 599 (0.25%) disqualifications among 240,085 registered drivers. And with 1,486 out of 509,920 drivers, Bristol had the second lowest proportion of disqualifications (0.29%).

Other smaller conurbations with a relatively high proportion of disqualifications in 2012 include Bootle in Liverpool (0.87%), West Bromwich (0.73%), Barking in East London (0.73%), Bradford (0.65%) and Merthyr Tydfil (0.62%).


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    It does not surprise me about Birmingham being the highest for disqualification. What are the disqualifications actually for? Speeding I presume will be the biggest which result in fatalities?

    Avril Child Birmingham
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