UK road safety charity Brake condemns Government for allowing “repeat drivers” to remain on the road

 

The Government and courts have been condemned by the UK road safety charity Brake for enabling unsafe drivers to remain on the roads.

Just shy of 11,000 motorists in the UK are still driving despite being issued with 12 penalty points or more on their driving licences.

According to DVLA figures of recorded penalty points issued to drivers, as of July, 254 motorists in the UK have at least 20 points, whilst an alarming 30 drivers have accumulated 30 points or more.

UK road safety charity Brake condemns Government for allowing "repeat drivers" to remain on the road

Almost 11,000 drivers still on the road despite having 12 points or more on their licence. © Copyright Nigel Mykura and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

After analysis was carried out by the Press Association, one of the worst offenders in the country is a man aged 44 years who lives on the border of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire – he’s managed to accrue a whopping 54 points on his licence!

The UK road safety charity Brake have blasted the Government and courts for enabling “repeat offenders” to abuse and exploit certain loopholes in the law which allows them to stay on the roads.

Under current laws, if a driver reaches 12 points on their licence within a three-year period, they have to appear in court and could face a minimum six-month driving ban. However, magistrates can show sympathy to motorists if a ban could cause “exceptional hardship”, such as losing their job.

“It is hugely concerning that so many repeat offenders are still driving on our roads, despite having accumulated 12 points or more on their licence,” said Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake.

Mr Harris suggests that by allowing unsafe drivers to continue driving because of such a loophole in the law, the Government and courts are playing their part in an increased risk to the public.

“This dangerous loophole must be dealt with as a matter of urgency so that drivers who reach 12 points are automatically disqualified, protecting the general public from harm,” added Mr Harris.

 

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