Did you know? 7,000+ motorists on Britainâ€™s roads have retained their driving licence on compassionate grounds despite having 12 points or more on their licenceâ€¦
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œIt would seem that fluttering your eyelids or telling the DVSA that youâ€™ve had a hard time could help you avoid a driving ban, even if you racked up 12 points or more on your driving licence. I think the saying â€˜one rule for one and another rule for othersâ€™ certainly applies here.â€
Auto Express has confirmed that over 7,000 motorists in Britain were legally permitted to drive in July 2015, despite racking up enough penalty points to incur a ban. A freedom of information request revealed that the total had increased by approximately 500 compared with May 2015.
Ordinarily, a motorist faces a ban if theyâ€™ve collected 12 points or more over a period of three years. A newly qualified driver faces a ban should they pick up six penalty points within two years of passing the DVSA practical test.
However, itâ€™s possible that driving offenders can avoid a ban altogether if theyâ€™ve experienced exceptional hardship â€“ an excuse thatâ€™s allowed serious motoring offenders to continue driving.
A statement from the DVSA said: â€œIn a small percentage of cases, we are aware that a court will exercise discretion and decide not to disqualify a driver. A case whereby an offender retains their licence is usually because magistrates decide that revoking it would cause considerable hardship to the offender.â€
A DVSA representative said examples of such cases include people losing their job and as a consequence lose their home, a person who would be unable to care for a relative or the impact on a business that could lead to redundancies.
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œImagine the furore if one of these offenders were to cause a major accident or kill someone because the courts believe taking their licence away would be a hardship. Sometimes you have to say that the people making these decisions are utterly, utterly stupid.â€
Where in the UK are the drivers with most points?
The most prolific offenders in 2015 include a man from Liverpool who had racked up a whopping 45 points. On three separate occasions heâ€™d been done for speeding and on 5 separate occasions he failed to provide necessary information to authorities.
A man from Lewisham clocked up 40 points, even without holding a full or provisional UK driving licence. This offender had been charged with speeding and operating a vehicle without insurance.
Itâ€™s not just the men either, a female from Blackburn recorded 38 points on her driving licence.
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œItâ€™s an outrage that these â€˜motoristsâ€™ are allowed back on the road because theyâ€™ve lost their job or something. How would that excuse stack up against killing someone on the road? They can always get another job, but you canâ€™t undo causing a serious or fatal accident. The courts in this country are a joke sometimes.â€
Should these drivers still be allowed on Britainâ€™s roads? Have your sayâ€¦
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