New and provisional drivers are being urged to think seriously about who supervises them in the passenger seat – or risk facing £1,000 and six penalty points.

The law states that learner drivers should be supervised when they are driving with family and friends.

These supervisors have to adhere to road laws as though they were driving, so they shouldn’t exceed legal drink drive limits or use a mobile phone, for example.

This has caused problems over the festive period, according to Co-op Insurance, which quotes its own research that found 17% of learner drivers acted as ‘designated drivers’ and had been relied upon to drive people home after a boozy Christmas night out.

However, half of the drivers questioned didn’t believe their passengers would have been in any fit state to help them out if they became confused or needed to ask a question about their driving, resulting in high levels of anxiety and worry.

The finding came as the insurer obtained figures showing 5,853 drivers aged between 17 and 25 have had their licences revoked by the DVLA in the last five years alone.

Provisional and new licence holders can only receive six penalty points in a two-year period and if they attract any more than this they automatically lose their licence.

You’ll then have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence again and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again to get your full licence back.

If you’re learning to drive then you must practise with (without paying them) someone over 21 and who is qualified to drive the vehicle you are learning in.

Some insurers require the supervisor to be over 25.

They must also have held a full license for three years.

If you have committed a motoring offence contact our specialist motoring solicitors for advice on 0800 046 3066