More and more people are losing their driving licenses – over 22,000 during the first half of the year

Record number of driving license revocations – speeding most common trampling.

Many have been beaten record in the first half of 2021. Tesla has set a delivery record, and Volvo Cars has sold cars in a record manner. But a milestone has also been passed elsewhere – driving license revocations are at a record level, new statistics from the Swedish Transport Agency show.

During the first half of 2021, 22,476 driving licenses were revoked in Sweden, an increase of 10.7 percent compared with the same period last year.

– The increase confirms the trend we have seen in recent years and it is largely due to the fact that the police have increased their traffic surveillance. Over the past five years, the number of revocations has increased by 25 percent, says Stefan Appelberg, acting unit manager at the Swedish Transport Agency.

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The most common cause to revoked the driver’s license is “a material violation, usually speeding”. A total of 13,448 driving licenses were revoked for that reason.

In many cases, the driver is young. In 18.9 per cent of the cases, the driver was between 18-24 years old, despite the fact that that age category only constitutes 7.3 per cent of the Swedish driving license population.

Notable is also that The Swedish Transport Agency has withdrawn 699 driving licenses from people under the age of 18.

– I think it is unfortunate that we are forced to revoke driving licenses from young people, especially when it is due to traffic offenses. They should think before they get into a situation that risks road safety and which can have negative consequences when obtaining a driving license for a car in the future. Something that I do not think all young people are aware of, says Stefan Appelberg.

Revoked driving licenses in the first half of the year

Reason for revocation 2020 2021
Drunk driving or drug driving 3505 3114
Infection 74 94
Several minor violations 367 678
A significant violation, usually speeding 11608 13448
Unreliability in terms of sobriety 675 602
General crime 78 69
Medical reasons 2606 2915
Failure to submit a medical certificate or proof of a passed driving test 2302 2497
Dogs were available for issuing driver’s licenses 7 149
Every* 20303 22476

* A driver’s license can be revoked on several grounds. Since there can be several grounds for one and the same revocation, the total sum will be lower than if you add up the number for all revocations.

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