Data released to French radio station RTL by road safety organisation Prevention Routiere showed that there are currently 680,000 unlicensed drivers on French roads, representing 1.4 percent of the total.
And the total of unlicensed drivers has almost doubled in the past 10 years.
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Around two thirds of the unlicensed drivers have never even taken the test, and it is believed that the high cost of getting a licence – around €1,500 on average – is putting off many people from getting fully licensed.
However, while these unlicensed drivers represent 1.4 percent of all drivers on the road, they are involved in 4.5 percent of fatal accidents.