213 motorists in Wales are still legally driving despite having 12 penalty points on their licence, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
The data, obtained by the BBC via a freedom of information request to the DVLA, shows one person is still driving despite amassing 27 points.
Under the current law, drivers who accumulate 12 or more points within a three-year period usually face disqualification. The courts decide the length of disqualification – or if a driver should face one at all – based on how serious they consider the offence(s) to be.
A spokesperson for the DVLA told the BBC: “In a small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points, the court may exercise its discretion and not disqualify the driver.
“In the majority of these cases, magistrates may have decided to allow drivers to retain their entitlement to drive where it is considered that disqualification would cause exceptional hardship.”
Last October, GEM Motoring Assist called for a renewed focus to rid the UK’s roads of the most dangerous and persistent offenders, something it argues would have an ‘immediate and significant impact’ on road casualties.
And earlier this month, Brake launched a new campaign challenging the Government to review criminal driving charges.
Jack Kushner, spokesman for the road safety charity, told the BBC: “[It is] appalling that risky, repeat offenders are being allowed to continue driving with so many points on their licences.
"Drivers who flout the law repeatedly have shown disregard for not only their own lives but also those of other road users, and should be punished accordingly.
"It’s time for the courts to protect innocent road users and crack down on these irresponsible individuals."