£1,000 fine for holding two driving licences
Thousands of motorists face a £1,000 fine for holding two driving licences that might be used to cheat the penalty point disqualification rules once a new law comes into force.
As things stand, a motorist might have two driving licences – each issued from different countries within the European Union or European Economic Area.
If the motorist commits an offence in one country – such as dangerous driving – penalty points are added to the relevant licence. A ban follows if a pre-defined total is reached.
However, the motorist might continue to drive on the second licence - or spread the penalty points between licences - so that both remain below the banning threshold.
European Commission Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC makes holding two licences illegal on this basis, and the British Government is now changing UK law in line with European legislation.
The Government says: “We believe that this change will enhance road safety standards by removing the risk of individuals holding more than 1 licence, for example, to prevent them from spreading penalty points received for traffic offences between licences.”
The Government says it “must” change the law to comply with the European Directive, but has set-up a consultation process so the public can have its say. Interested parties can express their views by post, e-mail or online survey by 13 February, 2015.