Motorists Driving with Points on their Licences
Motorists Driving with Points on their Licences.
The RAC is reporting that almost 50 motorists still driving with over 30 points on their licences. As many as 46 UK motorists with more than 30 points on their licence are still legally behind the wheel, DVLA records reveal.
One driver is still permitted to use the roads despite accumulating 68 points, a staggering jump from the 12 drivers usually reach before facing a ban.
Special Dispensation for Some Drivers
It seems a large group of drivers have been given special dispensation to keep their licences, excusing the fact they’re at least 2.5 times over the penalty point threshold. A further six have stacked up 51 points or more, while 39 drivers have between 30 and 50 points to their name.
The latest DVLA list of shame exposes 51 UK drivers with 28 or more points. In England, a total 8,237 drivers are on or over the 12-point threshold, with men (6,837) outnumbering women (1,400).
A DVLA spokesperson said: “These statistics provided are likely to include cases where drivers have received court sentences including disqualification, supervision orders, community punishment orders or imprisonment.
“Following the period of disqualification imposed, drivers can re-apply for their licence meaning that they can have a high number of valid penalty points and current entitlement to drive, even though the sentence of the court has been served. In a small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points, we understand that a court can exercise its discretion and not disqualify the driver.”
“In the majority of these cases, magistrates may have decided to allow drivers to retain their entitlement to drive where it is considered that disqualification would cause exceptional hardship. The DVLA checks with courts when a driver’s 12 current penalty point threshold is met or exceeded but where disqualification is not Imposed at the time of conviction.”
Last month, DVLA data showed nearly 8,800 motorists with 12 points or more were still behind the wheel after claiming a suspension from driving would lead to ‘exceptional hardship’.
New, stricter criteria mean it is now much harder for motorists to benefit from the same exception unless hard evidence is provided. Loss of employment from a driving ban is no longer a good enough reason alone to cause exceptional hardship, the Sentencing Council ruled. It urged courts to seek proof that alternatives (such as other modes of transport) for avoiding exceptional hardship are not viable, before permitting any exemptions.
Common penalty point offences include speeding, driving without insurance, failing to comply with traffic light signals and driving without due care and attention.
Speaking about its latest data, the DVLA added: “The DVLA’s driver database changes constantly. Therefore, it is possible only to provide a snapshot of the state of the record at the time of any request.”