Figures from DVLA reveal 46 people are driving on the UK’s roads, even though they have collected more than 30 penalty points on their licence.
These drivers would have claimed in court that a disqualification would have caused them ‘exceptional hardship’ and been allowed to remain on the road.
DVLA figures show there are 8,237 drivers in England on or over the 12-point threshold, with men (6,837) far outnumbering women (1,400). In Wales, the overall figure is 512 – with 413 male and 99 female motorists – while Scotland has a lower total figure of 225, split into 192 men and 33 women.
The Sentencing Council ruled last year that loss of employment caused by a disqualification from driving is no longer sufficient alone to demonstrate exceptional hardship.
Incurring 12 or more penalty points within a three-year period means a minimum period of six months’ disqualification must be imposed.
GEM Motoring Assist is urging courts across the country to get tough on these ‘totters’. It says a consistent and strong message is needed for drivers and riders who accumulate 12 penalty points on their licences.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: “A driving ban should be inevitable for anyone who has managed to accumulate 12 penalty points on their licence. It takes a particularly careless, thoughtless or reckless person to reach this level, and their disregard for the law means they each represent a big risk for the rest of us who share the roads with them.
“The time for drivers to consider the consequences of a ban should come long before they find themselves with the prospect of 12 points. While a ban will cause considerable levels of hardship, courts need to give more thought to other road users – particularly the most vulnerable – who face the greatest danger when such high-risk drivers are allowed to keep their licences.”