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Liverpool man sets new penalty points record

Tuesday 7th January 2014

The IAM has repeated its call for the DVLA and courts to do more to address the issue of drivers with more than 12 penalty points on their licence escaping a driving ban.

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, in September 2013 the IAM revealed that a woman driver from West London had managed to accumulate 42 penalty points without losing her licence.

Now, following a further FOI request, the IAM says that the previous record has been beaten by a man from Liverpool who has accumulated 45 penalty points. According to the IAM, the points were all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver or exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road, between 1 October 2012 and 20 June 2013.  

Of the top 20 licence points holders – all of whom have 24 or more points – only three are women.

Failing to give the identity of the owner, speeding, and driving uninsured are the most common reasons for points.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Last September, the IAM highlighted a driver with 42 points on their license and we were told that more would be done to address the issue.

“Incredibly, we now have someone driving with 45 points. DVLA must rapidly overall their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined.

“Any suggestion that some drivers may be able to speed with impunity and then talk themselves out of a ban puts our whole approach to enforcement into question. 

“The police and the motoring public need to have confidence that those caught speeding or breaking other motoring laws will be dealt with equally.”

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