DVLA stats revealed a total of 3,552 LGV drivers were disqualified for having too many points on their driving licence in a shocking discovery. A further 567 drivers also lost their licences for having more than six points within two years of passing their test. The DVLA data, obtained from Crown Oil through a Freedom of Information Act request, also revealed speeding was the most common reason drivers received points on their licence. A total of 3,982 LGV drivers were caught for speeding, with owners having no insurance or showing careless driving also popular offences.
The DVLA data also revealed more LGV drivers had six points on their driving licence than three points in a shocking discovery.
Other offences that caused LGV drivers to pick up points included traffic signal violations and failing to stop after an accident.
A total of 121 LGV drivers were caught under drinking offences with a further 13 caught with drugs.
Just three drivers were caught under dangerous driving offences in the least popular reason the drivers received points.
However, the data revealed that offenders accounted for a small minority of the 1,231,000 LGV licences awarded since 2016.
Just 0.6 per cent of LGV drivers had points on their licence at all as over 99 percent had a clean licence.
The Gov.uk website states drivers of large goods vehicles must comply with a few important rules and regulations.
The conduct of a driver is one of the most important requirements to hold an LGV licence. Drivers should also have completed 35 hours of training every five years to get access to drive a large vehicle.
Matt Greensmith, managing director of Crown Oil said: “LGV training is rigorous and earning the licence is something many LGV drivers pay for themselves, so losing their licence means losing their livelihood too.
“Large vehicle drivers need to also be acutely aware of the risk to other drivers if driving a commercial vehicle in the event of any road incidents.
“In the interests of road safety businesses that operate LGV fleets also need to ensure their drivers are the company’s ambassadors on the road.”