New research suggests 20% of UK drivers have taken points for another motorist


Drivers in the UK are being warned about how serious an offence it can be taking penalty points for another driver, punishable by a hefty fine or even jail time!

British courts hand out penalty points to drivers who get caught breaking the laws of the road and each endorsement stays on your driving record for around 4 to 11 years, depending on the type of motoring offence committed.

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Drivers are being warned about the risks and punishments associated with taking penalty points for another driver. © Copyright John S Turner and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

If you rack up 12 or more penalty points within a three year period, you could be disqualified from driving for a varying length of time. You could lose your licence following one serious motoring offence or because of a succession of different ones where you’ve broken the law of the road.

It seems a number of drivers try and avoid being handed a driving ban by asking another driver to take points on their behalf.

Following research by the Co-Op in 2018, it’s believed that around 20% of UK drivers have taken points for another driver. Of these, more than half took points for their partner or a significant other.

“It’s surprising and quite concerning that, a fifth of motorists have taken penalty points for someone else,” said Nick Ansley, head of motor insurance at Co-Op, adding: “Penalty points are in place to deter people from committing motoring offences and to ensure safer driving for all on the roads.”

If caught, you would be taken to court and charged with perverting the course of justice for ‘failure to give information as to identity of driver’ and if you don’t inform them as to who was actually driving, you could be handed a hefty fine and six points on your licence.

“It would take the involvement of a very dedicated policeman or speed camera employee to get caught as most speeding tickets are issued virtually automatically – but a human review of the picture is normally done before the paperwork is posted off,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, adding: “Therefore if a man is clearly seen at the wheel and a woman’s name is supplied they may recheck.”


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