42 points - still driving
Still driving with 42 points on her licence: Woman is among nine motorists who have 30 or more and are still on the road
- Despite being three times the ban threshold, the woman is still driving
- Another eight have 30 or more points
- 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence
Offender: The record-breaking but unnamed woman driver from Isleworth in west London accumulated 42 points last year
A woman driver has clocked up a record 42 penalty points but is still driving - despite being more than three times over the threshold that would normally lead to a ban.
Eight more motorists are still driving with 30 or more points, figures reveal today.
Another 7,000 drivers have 12 points or more.
Normally, under the ‘totting up’ system, drivers are banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period.
The new official Government figures have outraged motoring groups and road safety campaigners who say it makes a mockery of penalty points system and bringing it ‘into disrepute’.
They say the ministers at the Departments for Transport and Justice must act to clamp down on the scandal which is leaving potentially dangerous drivers unpunished on the nation’s roads.
The statistics were highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) (must credit) which collated them from information supplied under a Freedom of Information request to the Government’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The record-breaking but unnamed woman driver from Isleworth in west London accumulated 42 points last year.
All the points were for failing to disclose the identity of the driver on six occasions between May 26 and December 21 last year - accruing six points each time.
Today’s new figures show that the second-highest tally for a person still driving was 36 points clocked up by man from Warrington, Cheshire, who was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks between February and March last year.
Next is a woman from Hull who has accumulated 31 points on six counts - three of speeding and three more for failing to say who was driving .
The IAM said 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence.
It blamed failures to communicate between the courts and the DVLA - particularly when drivers clocked up repeat points over a short time.
Eight more motorists are still driving with 30 or more points, figures reveal today. Another 7,000 drivers have 12 points or more
Some drivers given points for failing to disclose the driver had argued that a series of people had ‘test-driven the car ahead of a sale and they didn’t know who was at the wheel at the time of the offence’, said the IAM.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ‘The 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.
But when drivers with 10 speeding offences are getting away with holding a licence, these improvements cannot come quickly enough.’
A spokesman for HM Courts & Tribunals Service said: ‘The vast majority of drivers who get 12 or more penalty points are fined and disqualified from driving.
‘Magistrates can use their discretion to not enforce a driving ban if doing so would cause exceptional hardship, such as losing a job or the ability to care for a dependant. A fine will still be enforced.
Only a very small number of cases are affected by the data-sharing issue and we are working closely with DVLA to improve this.’
A DVLA spokesman said: ‘The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.’
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