More than 8,600 motorists in Britain have escaped driving bans despite having 12 or more points, investigation reveals

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  • DVLA confirms to PA that 8,632 drivers had 12 or more points in September
  • 12 digit license holders must be disqualified for at least 6 months
  • Motorists can claim they will experience ‘extraordinary difficulty’ if they cannot drive
  • This loophole is allowing thousands to remain on the road despite raising the mark.
  • Road safety bodies and police chiefs call for more to be banned

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An investigation has found that thousands of motorists continue to drive on UK roads, despite having received enough penalty points to be disqualified.

License holders who have accumulated 12 or more points in a three-year period for motoring offenses such as speeding (three to six points) and drink-driving (three to 11 points) must receive disqualification for at least six months.


However, courts have the discretion to allow offenders to continue driving if they are able to prove emergent circumstances, including when the ban would cause extreme financial hardship.

This seems to have happened to an astonishing 8,632 motorists in the UK who currently have at least 12 points on their driving licence.

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Road safety charity Brake said it was ‘frightening’ that these motorists were not banned, and police leaders said laws should be changed to prevent drivers from being exempted in court.

Thousands of motorists driving on the road should be banned: an astonishing 8,632 motorists in the UK currently have at least 12 points on their driving license – enough to be disqualified

The figures have been obtained by the PA following a Freedom of Information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The figures are accurate for the date September 4, when the FOI was raised with the government agency.

Jason Wakeford, head of campaign at the brakes, said: ‘It is appalling that any driver can stay on country roads even after accumulating 12 points or more.

‘These dangerous repeat offenders have been given ample opportunities to change their driving behaviour, yet continue to put lives at risk through complete defiance of the law.

‘If drivers who score 12 points are not banned, it makes fun of the system.’

License holders who have accumulated 12 or more marks in a period of 3 years for offenses such as speeding (three to six marks) should be disqualified for at least six months

License holders who have accumulated 12 or more marks in a period of 3 years for offenses such as speeding (three to six marks) should be disqualified for at least six months

60% increase in dangerous driving reported to police in last 3 months

Police forces up and down the country have seen a huge increase in reports of dangerous driving over the past three months.

The National Dash Cam Safety Portal – an online system that allows drivers to upload footage captured on the dashcams of other motorists breaking the law – has seen a 60 percent increase in video uploads of alleged offenses in the past three months.

Dashcam firm Nextbase says that over the past 12 months, the number of uploads has increased by 85 percent as drivers emerge from the Covid lockdown.

Currently, 38 out of 43 UK police forces are using the portal setup by Nextbase in 2018.

Last year’s figures show that nearly two out of five cases uploaded to the portal resulted in some form of police action, which was split equally between PCNs, driver-awareness courses and court cases.

Brian Brooker, Head of Road Safety at Nextbase, said: ‘These statistics show that there has been a clear change in the mindset of UK motorists over the past year.

“After coming out of the lockdown, the recent petrol shortage and lorry driver woes have resulted in all drivers being more mindful of their own driving as well as being more mindful of those around them. ,

Over the past three months, West Murcia has been the UK’s top performing region, with a 140 per cent increase in submissions.

It is followed by Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Wiltshire.

Jack Cousens, head of road policy for the AA, said motorists who scored 12 have demonstrated ‘persistent poor driving’ and their licenses ‘should be removed’.

Andy Cox, who leads the work of the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Fatal Collision Investigations, told the PA that he would welcome the “removal” of the extraordinary hardship exemption, calling it a smattering of “where the system is out of kilter.” Example is.

He said the message sent by allowing this is “totally wrong” and “we need to change our culture”.

The latest official figures show an average of five people are killed – and 60 seriously injured – on UK roads every day.

Police believe that 90 to 95 percent of accidents are due to the fault of the driver.

Detective Chief Superintendent Cox, who in a previous role was part of the Transport Crime Investigation Team at the Metropolitan Police and is now head of crime and intelligence at Lincolnshire Police, said: ‘We don’t need that catastrophe, it can be stopped.

‘More people in the UK die from road collisions than from murder or terrorism combined.’

Mark Jones, president of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said drivers with 12 points should face an automatic ban.

They agreed that the exemption should be abolished and the laws should be reviewed while framing the guidelines to ensure ‘consistency’ across all courts.

Mr Jones, the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, told the PA: ‘The point system allows people to make mistakes … at the time it was intentional, and you have to bear the consequences, which is your driving privileges – Not the right but the privilege of driving should be cancelled.

Mr Cox and Mr Jones said patchy road crime data needed to be improved to understand the true scale of the problem.

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