Are women better drivers than men or are some men just a danger on the road?
I ask because my region of Spain, Andalucía, has seen the loss of more driving licences since the point penalty law was introduced in 2006. A total of 5,118 drivers have been banned compared with 4,465 in Cataluña and 2,589 in Madrid –less than half of the Andalucía total.
On a national level 91.7 per cent of those who have lost their licence under the points system are men. That translates to 22,072 out of the 24,046 total with just 1,974 women being banned.
Overall 1.9 million people have had points added to their licence for some infraction and men make up 75 per cent of that total.
The balance between men and women varies between regions. In Andalucía 366 women have been banned from driving compared with 4,752 men but in Cataluña 4,024 men now have to walk or take public transport compared with 441 women suffering the same fate.
The statistics were released in ‘Tráfico y Seguridad Vial’ a magazine that is edited by the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) - the State road authority.
Women have always argued that they are better drivers than men. Better or less likely to break the law? Your opinion will probably depend on your sex.