Argyll and Bute has the fewest disqualified drivers

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Argyll and Bute has fewer disqualified drivers per head than any other council area in Scotland, England and Wales, according to a new report.

Figures obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have revealed that just 0.55 per cent of drivers who have lost their licence live in the area.

Out of a total of more than 69,000 full driving licence holders, only 383 have been disqualified since 2014 – 54 of them having been disqualified in 2018.

The figures were revealed by an online contact lens manufacturer who obtained the figures from the DVLA.

A total of 6.23 per cent of disqualified drivers in the surveyed parts of the UK were from unknown areas.

However, Police Scotland said the data alone was not enough to say that Argyll and Bute’s drivers are safer than anywhere else.

Inspector Gillian Gardner, of Argyll and West Dunbartonshire’s road policing unit, said: “It is unclear from the article [by the contact lens manufacturer] if this refers to people who are driving whilst disqualified, have been disqualified in that area as a result of a penalty imposed on them, or were disqualified due to medical reasons – which could be on recommendation of GP.

“It may actually demonstrate responsible drivers who recognise the risks of driving whilst affected by a medical conditions that requires DVLA to be notified.

“It also does not differentiate if persons are disqualified elsewhere but actually reside in a different area, so this makes it difficult to properly contextualise and comment.

“What is heartening is that Argyll and Bute have the lowest percentage of disqualified drivers according to the available information.

“Persons residing in rural areas such as Argyll and Bute often rely on their vehicles and being able to travel between communities for personal and business reasons and as such cannot risk losing their licences.

“Road safety is a concern for many residents in Argyll and Bute and they will often report these to the police, so again, this is a deterrent.”

Meanwhile, in other motoring news, Volvo is recalling more than 200,000 cars worldwide, including more than 30,000 in the UK, due to a potential fuel leak. The Swedish manufacturer has issued the global recall of 11 models after it was discovered that a faulty fuel line could develop cracks and leak fuel into the engine bay. Affected models include the V40, S60 and V60 and their Cross Country variants, as well as the XC60, V70, S80 and XC90.