Around 75,000 motorists are driving despite being banned, according to the AA.
Government figures for 2006 showed that 192,000 drivers were disqualified – around half of whom lost their licences for drink driving.
Chris Hunt Cooke, chairman of the AA’s road traffic committee, said magistrates could jail drivers who flouted the ban for a maximum of six months. But because of the early release scheme and the discount courts were expected to give for a guilty plea, such drivers normally only served around six weeks.
"These are persistent offenders," Mt Hunt Cooke said. "Our powers do not act as a deterrent for a hard core and it doesn’t keep them off the road."
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