A number of children in Dundee, Perth and Angus have been banned from driving before they were even old enough to have a provisional licence, new figures show.
Data obtained by the Tele via a freedom of information request shows six youngsters were disqualified from driving before the age of 17 in Dundee in the last four years.
Three were disqualified in 2015, while another three were disqualified in 2017.
There were no driving bans issued for under-17s in 2016 or last year.
Simon Williams, spokesman for RAC Insurance, said children who went out on joyrides were not only putting themselves at risk, but other road users too.
He said: “These figures are shocking as every underage driver presents a frightening danger to other road users.
“They could so easily end up taking someone else’s life as well as their own.
“In this day and age we really shouldn’t be having children driving before they’re allowed to legally with their provisional driving licence at 17.
“More needs to be done to stop this happening.”
Youngsters can apply for a provisional licence ahead of turning 17.
The intermediary licence allows drivers in training to control a car, supervised, while displaying “L” learner plates.