Queensland’s peak motoring body has called for greater enforcement of unlicensed drivers, after revealing more than 239,000 people were caught driving without a proper licence in the last five years.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the data was disturbing and highlighted just how many people were openly flouting the law.
“Unlicensed drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious crash, posing a risk not just to themselves but to all other motorists on the road,” Ms Smith said.
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“What’s also shocking is the number of drivers caught who had never held a licence; a staggering 2850 of those unlicensed had never passed a test.”
Ms Smith said RACQ urged the Queensland Police Service to increase its enforcement and regular checks of driver licences.
“While police officers are doing their best to identify and apprehend these drivers, we urge them to do whatever they can to get unlicensed motorists off the roads,” she said.
Ms Smith said unlicensed drivers caught breaking the law could face serious penalties including fines and imprisonment.
“Driving is a privilege not a right, and everyone needs to play by the same rules and obtain a valid driver licence before hitting the road.”
*The data, supplied by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, was captured between January 2010 and October 2015.