The number of motorists who are escaping driving bans despite having 12 points on their licence is on the rise, according to new figures.

Data from the DVLA has revealed has increased by 25% in the last 18 months, with 8,600 motorists who have 12 or more points on their licence still driving on UK roads.

This figure has increased from 6,887 since 2015, with many magistrates taking person’s lifestyle, job and other circumstances into account before enforcing a driving ban.

For example, a driver in Liverpool and another in Basildon has 51 points on their licence, yet are still getting behind the wheel.

In total, more than 2.8 million motorists have points on their licence in the UK, with speeding being the most common cause.

David Nichols, from road safety charity Brake, told the BBC: “The penalty points system is supposed to be in place to protect the public from dangerous repeat offenders and it’s appalling that these risky repeat offenders are allowed to keep driving.”

James Ash


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February 23, 2017

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