Nearly 11,000 people behind the wheel with 12 or more pointsWed, 07/11/2018
A charity has issued a warning after recent figures show almost 11,000 drivers who have 12 or more penalty points on their licence are still on our roads.
Tristan Shale-Hester, Auto Express, reports:
Road safety charity Brake condemned the Government and courts for allowing unsafe drivers to stay on the roads.
Some 10,964 drivers are still behind the wheel despite having accrued 12 or more penalty points on their licenses.
The DVLA figures record penalty points as of July, showing 254 drivers have at least 20 points, while 30 motorists have 30 or more points.
According to analysis by the Press Association, the worst offender is a 44-year-old man living on the border of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, who has accumulated a staggering 54 points.
Road safety charity Brake condemned the Government and courts for allowing “repeat offenders” to exploit loopholes in the law.
Current law stipulates that if a driver gets 12 points over a three-year period, they must attend court and face a minimum six-month driving ban. But magistrates are allowed to be lenient with motorists if the ban is found to cause “exceptional hardship”, such as the loss of a job.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “It is hugely concerning that so many repeat offenders are still driving on our roads, despite having accumulated 12 points or more on their licence.
“By ignoring the exploitation of the ‘exceptional hardship’ loophole that allows unsafe drivers to remain on our roads, the Government and courts are complicit in increasing the risk to the public. This dangerous loophole must be dealt with as a matter of urgency so that drivers who reach 12 points are automatically disqualified, protecting the general public from harm.”
The exploitation of this loophole could directly contribute to a more unsafe environment on the road, especially if these drivers go on to cause road traffic accidents in the future.