Despite accumulating over 30 penalty points on their driving licence some motorists have escaped a ban and are still behind the wheel, worrying new figures suggest
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says unless drivers amassing 12 points over a three-year period receive a ban the system will fall into disrepute.
The institute said figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) showed a woman from west London had accumulated 42 points, all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver of a car over a seven-month period last year.
And a motorist from Warrington was still driving with 36 points after being caught without insurance six times in less than two weeks.
Another motorist from Southend was still on the road despite being caught speeding 10 times over an 18-month period while a man from Blackburn had 29 points for eight speeding offences in three months.
Offenders ‘must expect ban’
Simon Best, IAM’s chief executive, said: “Drivers must expect that 12 points means a ban or the whole system falls into disrepute.
“DVLA and the courts service are upgrading their computer systems to ensure that offence information is shared more efficiently, but this is not due to be in place until October. When drivers with 10 speeding offences are getting away with holding a licence, these improvements cannot come quickly enough.
“The IAM has no sympathy for owners who refuse to reveal the identity of the driver and we would welcome an urgent consultation on new ways to deal with this problem.”
An HM Courts & Tribunals Service spokesman said the “vast majority” of drivers getting a dozen or more penalty points were fined and disqualified from driving.
He said courts could use their discretion to not enforce a driving ban if it would “cause exceptional hardship such as losing a job or the ability to care for a dependant”.
The spokesman said only a “very small number” of cases are affected by the data-sharing issue raised by IAM, adding that the service is working closely with the DVLA to improve it.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: September 6, 2013
Author: David Brown