Monday 29 May 2017

30 points - but some still driving

Campaigners say more than 10,000 drivers with 12 points or more have not lost their licence
Campaigners say more than 10,000 drivers with 12 points or more have not lost their licence

Motorists with as many as 30 points on their licence have not been disqualified from driving, figures show.

One motorist in Bradford has totted up 32 points after being caught driving uninsured four times, yet still has a licence, the statistics from road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line said.

There are five drivers with 30 points who are still driving and there are 10,072 drivers with 12 points or more who have not lost their licence, said Brake and Direct Line.

The figures also show that there are 13,449 drivers with 12 points or more who have been disqualified, which they say means that 43% of those with 12 points or more have hung on to their licences.

The two organisations said their figures came from data provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

London and south-east England, Yorkshire and Humberside and north-west England each have more than 1,000 of the 12 points-plus drivers still on the road.

Brake and Direct Line said that although drivers can expect a ban of at least six months when they reach 12 points, many are successfully pleading that being disqualified would cause "exceptional hardship".

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: "We are asking the Government to act quickly to address this appalling situation. Clearly, when the points system was designed, it wasn't intended that nearly half of drivers with 12 points would evade disqualification. It is outrageous these individuals, who rack up offence after offence, are allowed to continue driving, causing enormous risk to the public."

Andy Goldby, director of underwriting and pricing at Direct Line, said: "It seems 'exceptional hardship' isn't that exceptional after all. Someone who has accumulated more than 12 points on their licence has shown a complete disrespect for the law.

"It sends out an entirely wrong message that these individuals are still allowed to drive."

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