Three drivers with over 40 points on their licences are still allowed on the road, according to a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The enquiry also found that 13 people in Britain presently have 28 or more points on their driving licence, the worst of those amassing 51 points. What’s more, the numbers of drivers with over 12 points has gone up by 9% in just seven months between March and October 2015 – from 6,884 to 7,517 .
While the DVLA does not hold details as to whether all of those people were still on the road, it did state that individual courts have the powers to choose not to disqualify a driver.
In its response to the IAM’s request, the DVLA said: “In a small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points, the agency understands that a court can 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,” it added.
The location of drivers with 28 points or more across Britain by postcode district is as follows:
Separately the IAM has looked into the ‘top five’ and has discovered the following:
- 51 points holder (Oxford): provisional licence holder, three speeding offences in 30mph zone, seven offences of not providing driver details. Not disqualified
- 42 points holder (Basildon): seven offences, all of which were for failing to report driver details. Previously held points for speeding including one at 109mph. Not disqualified from driving as magistrates accepted mitigating circumstances including ‘extreme hardship’ through loss of income. Not disqualified
- 42 points holder (Liverpool): currently seven counts on record, including two of speeding in 30mph areas and five of not reporting driver of vehicle. Not disqualified
- 39 points holder (Wigan): 13 counts of exceeding the speed limit for a goods vehicle. Not known if this driver has been disqualified
- 38 points holder (Burnley): 10 counts of speeding in 30mph areas. Not disqualified
DVLA data shows that of the 45 million driving licence holders in Britain, three million have points on their licence. Some 100,000 have been disqualified over the past four years for reaching 12 points and four per cent got all their points in one go.