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Black cars 'worst speed offenders'

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Owners of black cars are more likely to be caught speeding than other drivers, a new survey suggests.

Figures show that 25.4% of black-car drivers have speeding convictions and they are 9% more likely than others to get penalty points on their licences.

Drivers of grey cars were the next most likely speed offenders with 25.1% convictions, followed by silver, blue and brown.

Those driving purple-coloured cars were least likely to break speed limits, while owners of white, yellow and red cars also had relatively few convictions.

The survey by car insurance firm was based on data from 1.7 million drivers.

The company's managing director, Brian Martin, said: "We wanted to know why it is that drivers of black and grey cars appear to have more of a propensity to speed so we looked into more detail at the cars on our books.

"We found it didn't necessarily correlate that black and grey cars would have bigger engines, so evidently for drivers of these coloured cars, the temptation to break the speed limit is simply too great whatever their engine size."

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