Close penalty point loophole for learner drivers – Brake

10.08 | 12 August 2019 |

The Government is being urged to rethink laws on learner drivers and penalty points – with figures showing 42,000 provisional licence holders currently have six or more points.

Under the New Drivers Act, drivers who get six or more penalty points within two years of passing their test have their licence revoked. If they wish to drive again, they are required to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and re-pass both parts of the driving test. 

Rules for provisional licence holders allow them to hold up to 11 active points on their licence while receiving no penalty, permitting them to take a driving test, obtain a full licence and drive freely on the roads. 

Once they have passed their test, they would only have their licence revoked if they receive further penalty points.

Figures obtained by Brake under a FOI request to the DVLA, reveal that as of April 2019, 66,575 learner drivers held endorsements on their licence

Of these, 42,883 held six or more points – while 1,005 held 12 or more points. The highest number of points held by one learner driver was 35. 

The road safety charity is calling for learner drivers who get six or more points to have to reapply for their licence – and have urged the Government to consult on the viability of imposing bans.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “How can it be right that learner drivers with a track record of committing multiple driving offences are still free to obtain a full licence and drive on our roads? 

“Newly qualified drivers face losing their licence if they commit multiple driving offences so surely at least the same standards should apply to learner drivers too? 

“We are calling on the Government to look into this with a view to reduce the number of penalty points a learner driver can get before losing their licence and prevent them from taking a driving test with multiple points on their provisional licence.”



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