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More than 10,000 drivers without license
Last year 10,507 drivers were convicted for driving without a license, which is double the number of five years ago, according to newspapers Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg. Federal and local police systematically reviewing licenses during inspections found that the majority of drivers were young offenders who learned to drive with their parents but never bothered to get a license. Another group consists of people who are not allowed to drive for medical reasons, but do it anyway. Police cited 4,142 offences in Brussels, 2,189 in Ghent and 2,136 in Antwerp. Driving without a valid license is liable to a driving ban of eight days to five years, possible fines of up to €11,000 and even incarceration.