A driver from Pevensey with 24 points on his licence is still on the road despite being caught speeding six times in two weeks, according to figures released by a road safety charity.
The driver accumulated the points after he was caught speeding between September 30 and October 13 last year. Drivers can be banned from driving temporarily if they tot up 12 points on their licence over a three year period. But magistrates can choose not to enforce a ban in exceptional cases.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) which released the figures accumulated by the DVLA said drivers with more than 12 points are still on Britain’s roads.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said, “It’s really disappointing to see that this issue has not yet been resolved. 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 ten 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. Drivers must expect that 12 points means a ban or the whole system falls into disrepute.”
A spokesman for HM Courts and 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 spokesman for the DVLA 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.”
The figures also showed that a woman from Isleworth, West London, accumulated 42 licence penalty points last year. The points were all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver between May 26 and December 21.
The second-highest points with a total of 36, went to a man from Warrington, Cheshire, who was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks, between February 20 andMarch 2.
A man from Southend-on-Sea received 30 points, who was caught speeding ten times between 14 March 2011 and 3 August 2012. A man from Blackburn with 29 points was caught speeding eight times in two months, between 29 September 2011 and 29 November 2011.
Failing to give the identity of the owner, speeding, and driving uninsured are the most common reasons for points.