Brake, the road safety charity, is claiming that almost half of drivers with 12 penalty points on their licence have not been disqualified from driving.
Brake and Direct Line analysed data provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and found that 10,072 drivers (43%) with 12 points or more have kept their licence and are still driving, while 13,449 drivers with 12 points or more are disqualified.
Although drivers can expect a ban of at least six months when they reach 12 points, Brake says that many are successfully pleading that disqualification would cause ‘exceptional hardship’.
Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, said: “We are asking the Government to act quickly to address this appalling situation. Clearly when the points system was designed, it wasn’t intended that nearly half of drivers with 12 points would evade disqualification.
“It is outrageous these individuals, who rack up offence after offence, are allowed to continue driving, causing enormous risk to the public.
“Drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws have shown complete disregard for the lives of other road users. They have also had ample opportunity to desist breaking the law before reaching 12 points and facing disqualification.
“It’s time for the Government to get tough with these selfish, irresponsible and potentially deadly drivers, and put a stop to their illegal and dangerous driving before it results in a devastating crash.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth, from Brake, on 01484 550067.