Dangerous Drivers Sidestep Prosecution By Blaming Others
5% of motorists have committed an offence then illegally paid someone to accept penalty points on their behalf, Confused.com has claimed. A further 1% have passed on points without remuneration.
Within the 6% total - according to the price comparison website's latest poll - 59% have avoided endorsement on 3 or more occasions. The most common reason cited for sidestepping responsibility was to maintain a clean licence (48%) - whereas 25% acted to avoid a ban.
Appalling And Concerning
The Institute of Advanced Motorists is a safety charity and its Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, said: “It’s appalling and rather concerning that so many people are paying others to take their penalty points.” He added: “Not only is this putting other road users at risk of bans, it also means drivers who are prone to speeding remain on the roads when they could well be facing bans.”
Drivers Willing To Illegally Accept Points
According to the poll, 72% of motorists “would take” penalty points for a partner. They would also break the law for their children (37%), their parents (35%) and their siblings (22%). 11% of drivers said they were “unaware” that falsely accepting points is illegal.
The percentage that claimed they would accept points varied by profession. Those that work in hospitality topped the list at 26%, followed by property (17%), and those in research industries (11%).
Of those that have accepted points, 37% did so to prevent the other party losing their job. However, 36% were only motivated by money.
Police Trace Point Swappers
Gemma Stanbury, Head of Motor Insurance at Confused.com, explained: “The police are aware that there are drivers on the roads who are illegally swapping points, and motorists should remember that the police have direct access to DVLA data where they can look at anyone’s driving record to compare photos.” She added: “It can be easy for the Police to match photos using DVLA information, and to ascertain whether the person taking points is the vehicle’s driver.”
Millions Of Motorists Have Penalty Points
Confused.com revealed that 2,928,222 motorists currently have penalty points on their licence. Of these, 70,158 have 9 which is only 3 below the threshold for a ban. 3 points can be accumulated by speeding slightly over the legal limit once. New drivers that passed in the last 2 years can be banned once they receive 6.