Some motorists with twelve or more penalty points are still legally entitled to drive
Over eight thousand motorists with twelve or more penalty points are legally entitled to drive, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has reported. This is confusing. The law, after all, states that drivers can be banned if they build-up twelve points (or more) within three years. These could consist of (say) three for speeding and three for using vehicles with defective tyres, etc. This totting-up system allows for a fair number of minor errors but theoretically punishes consistent offenders. Furthermore, newly qualified drivers can be banned if they receive six points over three years. However, some motorists are effectively forgiven if they prove that losing their licences would cause them or their immediate families exceptional hardship. This is subjective, but motorists might be treated leniently if they require their vehicles for work or to look after elderly/sick relatives. And it seems that men are most likely to use these excuses. As such, more than two-thousand have more than twelve points compared to about three-hundred and fifty women. Furthermore, only two of the top thirty-four point collectors – and fourteen of the top ninety-nine – are female. The most prolific is a male with thirty-six points in total.