Lancashire Town has the most dangerous drivers in the North West.

Recent data from the DVLA on UK driving licences suggests that Bacup has the most dangerous drivers in the North West, based on points per population, with Blackburn coming in in seventh spot.

With over 50 million drivers on UK roads, it’s no secret that there are plenty of drivers with points on their licence. Devised to penalise those who break the law, deter dangerous driving and keep drivers, passengers and all other road users safe.

Motoring experts Swansway Motor Group have analysed data published by the DVLA to find out exactly where people have racked up the most points for reckless driving. Through their research, experts revealed that the town of Bacup has the most points per population.

Eight out of the 20  areas with the highest points per population fall within Lancashire, with Bacup taking the lead for the highest.  Next up was Blackburn in seventh spot and Rossendale in ninth.

Other Lancashire locations in the top 20 include:

  • Barnoldswick
  • Accrington
  • Clitheroe
  • Ormskirk
  • Nelson

Experts from Swansway Motor Group commented;

“It’s unfortunate to see so many drivers in a concentrated area with the highest points per population. On top of the 50 million plus drivers on the roads, it’s important to consider other road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. Our priority on any journey should be the safety of ourselves and those around us.”

Swansway Motor Group highlight some of the most common reasons for people getting points on their licence, these include:

  • Speeding
  • Using a mobile device whilst driving
  • Careless Driving – usually meaning to cause no harm but can have serious consequences.
  • Dangerous Driving – actively reckless driving or aggressive behaviour.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

“Points on a licence can deter people from taking unsafe actions, whether this is risky driving such as speeding or driving whilst using a mobile phone, to ensuring your vehicle is well maintained and road-worthy, to getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs, all which could have serious consequences. The system is there to keep us safe and remind us to always remain sensible when behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Editor’s Note

About Swansway Motor Group

Swansway Motor Group is a family-owned and run group based in Crewe, Cheshire, with more than 20 car and van dealerships located across the North West, Midlands and North Wales, including Blackburn Audi, Preston Audi, and Volkswagen Van Centre Lancashire.

Data Source: GB Driving Licence Data –

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