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Driver With 27 Points Is Still Allowed To Drive On UK Roads

Rebecca Shepherd

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Driver With 27 Points Is Still Allowed To Drive On UK Roads

Featured Image Credit: Roger Bamber/Alamy Stock Photo

As a general rule, drivers don't want any points on their licence and usually a person will be disqualified from driving if they've built up 12 or more penalty points within a three year period.

But what if we told you that there are currently thousands of people driving on UK roads with 12 points - in fact, there's a driver in Cheshire with 27 points. And, yes, they're still driving.

According to Cheshire Live, the person has somehow managed to escape a driving ban and is therefore still getting around in the comfort of their vehicle.

Credit: Paul Hanson/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Paul Hanson/Alamy Stock Photo

It's not clear what this driver has received 27 points for, but usually they're given for things such as speeding or drink driving.

Drivers will often get disqualified for a certain period of time before having to retake an extended driving test.

When it comes to people allowed to continue driving despite reaching 12 points or more, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said that 'in a small percentage of cases' people can keep their licence and usually they will involve situations where disqualification would cause 'exceptional hardship'.

Jason Wakeford, head of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, said: "It is appalling that any driver can remain on the country's roads despite having accumulated 12 points or more.

"These dangerous repeat offenders have been granted ample opportunity to change their driving behaviour, yet continue to put lives at risk through their complete disregard for the law.

"If drivers who rack up 12 points aren't banned, it makes a mockery of the system."

Offences should as speeding and drink driving can leave you with points. Credit: Ian West/Alamy Stock Photo
Offences should as speeding and drink driving can leave you with points. Credit: Ian West/Alamy Stock Photo

It was recently revealed that there are more than 8,600 drivers that have escaped the ban despite racking up 12 or more points. To be precise, it's 8,632 licence holders.

Marc Jones, chairman of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said drivers with 12 points should face an automatic ban.

He agreed the exemption should be scrapped and laws reviewed while sentencing guidelines should be updated to ensure 'consistency' across all courts.

Mr Jones explained: "The point system allows for people making mistakes... so you've had your warnings, you've had your flexibility to account for any mistakes.

"At that point it's wilful, and you should pay the consequences, which should be to have your privilege of driving - not the right but the privilege of driving - revoked."

Topics: UK News, Driving, Community

Rebecca Shepherd
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