7,500 motorists driving ‘illegally’ in the UK & top penalty points holders revealed
An extraordinary number of motorists in the UK are driving with 12 points or more on their driving licences.
Motoring.co.uk can reveal via a Freedom of Information request from the DVLA and highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) that 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence.
These motorists have reached the threshold to be banned yet are still driving on UK roads. Not only could this endanger other road users as the motorists are proven to be a danger but it also brings the penalty point system into disrepute.
Normally, under the ‘totting up’ system, drivers are banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period.
In addition, a staggering 15 drivers have 30 or more points on their licence, with a male motorist from Liverpool totting up 45 points for speeding and failing to give information.
Seven of the top 15 penalty point holders are male, whilst two drivers have been caught for using a vehicle uninsured six times.
A female driver with 38 points has been caught speeding on ten occasions.
The IAM has blamed a breakdown in communication between the courts and the DVLA for these figures.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “The IAM has been highlighting this issue for several years now and we appreciate that the flow of information between the DVLA and the courts is slowly improving, which will allow the courts to make better decisions while armed with the full facts.”
“However these improvements cannot come quickly enough to deliver a truly joined-up approach to the judicial process. Individual courts making decision on prosecutions can lead to inconsistency in how the law is applied which risks devaluing the simple ‘12 points and you’re out’ road safety message. If the public sees that persistent offenders are getting away with it, they may believe that road traffic rules – which let not us not forget, are designed for their safety – are ineffective or unimportant.”
36,000 motorists on the brink of losing their licence
A further 36,000 motorists are on the brink of losing their driving licence.
All of the 36,000 motorists that we have pin pointed from the data are currently on 9,10 and 11 points – one more offence could see them lose their licence as an offence usually carries at least 3 penalty points.
This is a startling figure given the government’s work on road safety and the education courses that are now available on speeding.
Terry Hogan, Co-founder of Motoring.co.uk said: “Loopholes exist where reckless drivers flout the law and get away with it. Hopefully the government’s new ‘verified identity’ scheme – Gov.UK Verify – will help to eliminate this issue. In the meantime law abiding drivers will be more at risk.”
AA President, Edmund King said, “Drivers with 9 penalty points on their licence really are living on the edge. It might just be a momentary lack of concentration that takes them above the 30mph limit but, unless they were offered a speed awareness course, they would most likely face a ban.”
“Likewise one glance of that text that had come through might be enough to take them off the road with a ban. Drivers need to think hard about the consequences of breaking the law and receiving a ban. For many people driving is essential for work or for getting to work, so losing one’s licence could be losing one’s job.”
“Otherwise banned drivers might need to rely on the expense of taxis and chauffeurs. The ban can also affect family life, as often it is the parents that need to ferry their children round to sporting and after-school activities. Insurance costs will increase before the driver gets back on the road. “
“The message is if you relish the freedom of the road be very careful to safeguard that freedom by sticking to the rules of the road.”