Motorist with 62 penalty point legally allowed to drive 0

Motorist-with-62-penalty-point-legally-allowed-to-driveA driver who clocked up 62 penalty points on his license via speeding offenses can still legally drive a car.

The man, from West Yorkshire, was one of 10,000 motorists driving on UK roads in January this year, despite having excessive points.

In normal circumstances, 12 points usually results in a ban, but in “exceptional cases” magistrates can choose not to enforce the penalty.

Brian Cornick, who lost his stepdaughter in a motorcycle accident, said there should be “no excuses”.

He went on to say: “The magistrates are being weak. Twelve points should be the ceiling.”

Sheena Jowett, deputy chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, the independent charity representing magistrates in England and Wales, said: “Magistrates take decisions under clear guidelines, impartially, and on the merits of each individual case.

“Automatic disqualification can be avoided or reduced in cases of ‘exceptional hardship’. The process is a robust one and the concept of hardship must be proved to an exceptional level.”

Worst offending regions:

Most people had between 12 and 18 points, but 203 people accumulated more

Greater London topped the table at 1,385 people over the 12 points, while the Shetland Islands had one person

West Yorkshire was among the top 10 counties for numbers of offenders, as was Essex, where one driver had 42 points, and another had 36

Oxfordshire, Surrey and Norfolk were average in terms of the number of offending drivers but had motorists clocking up 51 points, 30 and 39 respectively

Statistics: Freedom of Information Act.

David Nichols, from road safety charity Brake, commented on the figures, saying they were “absolutely shocking”.

He added: “The penalty points system is supposed to be in place to protect the public from dangerous repeat offenders and it’s appalling that these risky repeat offenders are allowed to keep driving.”

Reasons people amass so many points:

  • Driving on a familiar road and not realising the cameras are working. Driving a fraction over the limit, twice a day to work and back, could incur 30 points in five days, before the first penalty charge notice has been delivered
  • Not informing the DVLA of a change of address. “Ignoring” penalty point notices also incurs extra points

The DVLA noted there could be a delay between issuing penalties and a court sentence, but said the West Yorkshire motorway speeder had been dealt with and was still eligible to drive.

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