Over 7,000 underage motorists have been banned from driving over the last five years, despite not being old enough to take to the wheel in the first place.
The figures, which have been compiled by Shipley MP Philip Davies, show that children as young as eleven have been stopped by Police while driving a car, and subsequently banned for a number of years.
However, campaigners are calling for tougher measures on these young tear-aways, with many of the bans only lasting until they are legally entitled to drive in the first place.
"This is a prime example of the stupidity we see in courts when sentencing offenders." – Philip Davies MP
Amongst the 7,000 to receive driving bans, were five 11-year-olds, 41 12-year olds and 164 13-year-olds.
One driver aged 15 was also banned for two years for causing death by dangerous driving.
Judges currently have the power to choose whether a driving ban begins when a youngster reaches the legal driving age of 17, but Mr Davies believes that too many were escaping real justice.
Speaking to The Times, he said: “This is a prime example of the stupidity we see in courts when sentencing offenders, and this is a practice which must be stopped.”
Motoring groups also voiced concerns over the figures, but the AA highlighted the insignificance of the problem compared to that of other illegal drivers.
“Compared to the 1.2 million uninsured and other illegal drivers on UK roads, 7,000 convicted of underage driving appears to be a minority aspect of a much bigger problem,” a spokesperson told The Times.
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