DVLA Office in Oxford

A 12-year-old girl and 38 other youngsters aged 14 or under were banned from driving over the last year – before they were even eligible to apply for a provisional driving licence, Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) figures reveal.

A total of 230 under 17s received a driving ban between July 2013 and June 2014, though this is a fraction of a percentage of the 92,000 drivers banned overall over the same period. A huge 85 per cent of those banned were men, with a third aged between 20 and 30 years old. The age with the highest number of disqualified drivers is 25, with 3,748 people having been served a ban – 3,294 men and 454 women.

Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "It is of great concern that youngsters not even eligible to hold a provisional licence are being banned at such young ages. Parents need to be aware their children are putting their own lives and those of others at huge risk by taking the wheel of a car on public roads."

Best continued: "These statistics strongly reflect the research we have already carried out in this area - that young males are very much the at risk group when it comes to driving safety.

"We believe targeting the attitudes of these drivers specifically, through advanced training for example, should be a major part of future road safety campaigning. Reducing offending in this age bracket would dramatically improve safety on our roads for all road users."

Figures were supplied by the DVLA following a Freedom of Information request submitted by the IAM.