Shocking figures show there are 8,600 dangerous drivers on Britain's roads
Shocking new figures show almost 8,600 potentially dangerous drivers are on Britain’s roads.
The data, released by the DVLA, reveals that thousands of motorists are still allowed to drive around the UK’s highways – despite having 12 or more points on their licence.
One learner driver has even racked up an massive 51 points, but is still legally able to drive.
Road safety campaigners have warned about the dangers of allowing “irresponsible” motorists – who have managed to rack up points for offences including speeding, drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving – to remain behind the wheel puts people’s lives at risk.
Normally, an automatic ban is imposed when someone reaches 12 penalty points on their licence, but the courts can make exemptions in cases where a ban would cause extreme hardship to dependants of the driver.
But for someone to still be driving with 15 or more points they may have had to persuade the courts to let them off at least twice.
The data revealed that 8,593 drivers with 12 or more points are currently able to use the UK’s roads.
Sarah-Jane Martin, spokesperson for Brake, a road safety charity, said: “It is appalling that risky repeat offenders are being allowed to continue driving with so many points on their licence.
“These irresponsible individuals have shown disregard for the law and the lives of other road users, time after time.
“Allowing these drivers to stay on our roads puts innocent members of the public in danger and makes a mockery of the points system.
“Brake calls on the government to address this situation urgently and ensure all drivers who reach 12 points get automatic bans.
“Drivers who clock up 12 points have had ample warning to stop breaking the law and avoid disqualification.”
The DVLA figures reveal the number of drivers with more than 12 points on their licence by postcode.
Areas with the most ‘dangerous’ drivers
1 – Birmingham – 260
2 – Nottingham – 240
3 – Doncaster – 232
4 – Sheffield – 202
5 – Cardiff – 201
6 – Newcastle – 192
7 – East London – 183
8 – Manchester – 183
9 – South East London – 175
10 – Leeds – 159
Birmingham tops the list with a huge 260 drivers on 12 or more points, followed by Nottingham with 240, then Doncaster with 232.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “The penalty point system warns drivers and motorcyclists who are driving badly and gives them an opportunity to change the way they drive before they accumulate enough points to lose their licence, or even worse, injure or kill someone.
“This relies on the courts actually disqualifying those drivers and riders who accumulate 12 or more penalty points; otherwise they will have little incentive to drive better.
“Penalty points remain on a driver’s licence long after any driving ban has finished, so it may be that some of those people who are allowed to drive despite having more than 12 penalty points have in fact already served their period of disqualification and have applied to get their licence back.”
The learner driver with 51 points racked up three speeding offences in a 30mph zone and seven offences of not providing driver details.
A court then “exercised its discretion” and decided against banning her.
There are currently 13 motorists in the UK who have racked up 28 points or more.
Penalty points are imposed for a number of driving offences, known as endorsements, and vary by their seriousness. For example drivers who use a vehicle with defective tyres will be given three points – which will remain on their licence for four years. Causing death by dangerous driving can attract up to 11 points. Drivers who speed on the motorway can be given between three and six points.