9,000 motorists continue to drive with 12 points on licence

ALMOST 9,000 motorists are continuing to drive despite having 12 penalty points on their licences, new figures show.


Motorists who build up 12 points or more within a three-year period are liable to be disqualified from driving under the ‘totting-up’ system. However, courts can use their discretion as to whether a driver is banned.


Blackpool,OldhamandManchesterhave the highest proportion of drivers with 12 points or more, the statistics, obtained by the Co-operative Motor Group following a freedom of information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), reveal.


The list of the top 10 locations with the most 12-point drivers in relation to the number of registered motorists is completed by:Rotherham,Liverpool,Peterborough,Bradford,Doncaster,HullandPreston.


Co-operative Group managing director Tony Guest said: ‘It is concerning that motorists with so many points on their licence can legally be allowed to continue to drive.


‘We would hope that at the very least these drivers are having to undertake retraining to ensure that they do not reoffend, but we understand this is rarely the case. We would push for a standard test for drivers that reach 12 points for the safety of all road users.’


A spokesman for the DVLA told the Daily Mail (Friday, May 4): ‘The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts.


‘The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver. However, the statistics are likely to include cases where drivers have served their period of disqualification and successfully re-applied for their driving licences.’


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