Analysis lifts the lid on penalty points

12.00 | 16 August 2017 |

New analysis from BBC News shows that there are 10,000 motorists legally driving on British roads, despite having amassed 12 points on their licence.

Reported on the BBC News website today (16 August), the figures show that at the end of June 2017, ‘almost 100’ motorists were still allowed to drive despite having at least 24 points on their licences.

Road safety charity Brake says allowing these drivers to stay on the road ‘makes a total mockery of the points system’ – while the DVLA says the figures include people who have served a ban and successfully reapplied for their licence.

Breaking the figures down, the category with the greatest rate of offending was men aged between 25 and 34 years.

In general, men were more likely to have clocked up penalty points with around 33 in every 100,000 male drivers having 12 or more points, compared with less than eight per 100,000 female drivers.

The most points on a valid licence belong to a 44-year-old woman in the OX12 postcode area. The licence has 51 penalty points.

Looking at postcode area (motorists with 12 or more points per 100,000 drivers), Blackburn/Darwen leads the way with 59.4, followed by North Lincolnshire (58.2) and North East Lincolnshire (54.4).

Jason Wakeford, Brake’s director of campaigns, said: "Allowing dangerous drivers to stay on the road makes a total mockery of the points system.

"These are irresponsible individuals who have shown disregard for the law and the lives of other road users, time after time. People who clock up over 12 points should face an automatic ban – there needs to be a clear message that dangerous driving will not be tolerated.”

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