Drivers keep licences despite 30 plus penalty pts

By Neil Logan

Twelve accumulated penalty points for driving offences over a 3 year period is supposed to result in a disqualification, however the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says there are motorists who are still legally on our roads despite having 30 and more penalty points.

One woman driver in west London still legally holds her drivers licence despite receiving 42 penalty points last year according to figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The 42 points were all for failing to disclose the driver's identity. The next highest total was 36 points for a man caught driving without insurance 6 times in less than 2 weeks. There are other cases as well, including a man with 30 penalty points who was caught speeding 10 times.

Magistrates do have the discretion to not enforce a driving ban in exceptional circumstances, such as a ban resulting in loss of employment or the ability to care for a dependent, but IAM believes that clearly someone with 10 speeding offences is a danger on the roads, and should have their licence removed. A problem with data-sharing has been identified, and the DVLA and courts service will be improving their computer systems in October to ensure that motorists who accumulate 12 penalty points do not slip through the net.

If you require legal advice or representation in respect of a driving offence that took place in Northern Ireland contact one of the motoring specialist solicitors in Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 0546.

To read more information about motoring offences in Northern Ireland click here.