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Half of drivers with points complain of unfairness

Published 30/01/2012 | 05:00

NEARLY half of all motorists given penalty points feel that they were caught unfairly.

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Almost a third of drivers -- 766,000 people -- have at least one penalty point. Less than 3pc of these motorists have six or more points.

Commenting on an AA Ireland poll of 4,000 drivers, spokesman Conor Faughnan said: "A lot of people complained that while they may have been speeding, so were the cars in front and behind them, and they are inclined to feel harshly treated because they were the ones who were stopped."

He also raised concerns about people taking part in illegal penalty-point "swopping".

Several dozen respondents admitted to accepting some one else's points in order to prevent a loved one from being disqualified from driving or to keep their insurance premiums down.

Irish Independent

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