New 45 points record for driver

12 points and disqualified? Think again

A MAN has beaten the previous record by accumulating 45 penalty points on his driving licence.

The man from Liverpool is still on the road after accumulating the points for failing to disclose the identity of the driver and exceeding the speed limit between October 2012 and June 2013.

The previous record was 42 points earned by a woman from Isleworth, west London, for failing to tell police who was driving at the time of an alleged offence.

Normally, 12 points within three years leads to a ban under ‘totting up’ rules, although magistrates can exercise discretion if it would cause exceptional hardship.

The figures were released by the DVLA following a freedom of information request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The second highest current scorer is a man from Warrington, Cheshire, with 36 points for driving without insurance six times in under two weeks, between February 20 and March 2 2012.

Others in the top 20 include a man from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, who received 30 points for being caught speeding six times in two weeks. A woman from Hull earned 31 points by speeding eight times in two months.

Only three of the top 20 are women.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Last September, the IAM highlighted a driver with 42 points on their license and we were told that more would be done to address the issue. Incredibly, we now have someone driving with 45 points.  DVLA must rapidly overhaul their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined. 

“Any suggestion that some drivers may be able to speed with impunity and then talk themselves out of a ban puts our whole approach to enforcement into question.  The police and the motoring public need to have confidence that those caught speeding or breaking other motoring laws will be dealt with equally.”

Top 20 licence point holders:

Total points

Gender

Area

Number of offences

Offences

45

Male

Liverpool

8

Not declaring the driver and speeding

36

Male

Warrington

6

Driving uninsured

34

Female

Lincoln

7

Not declaring the driver and speeding

31

Female

Hull

6

Not declaring the driver and speeding

30

Male

Westcliff-on-Sea

10

Speeding

30

Male

Colchester

4

Not declaring the driver

30

Male

Brighouse

5

Not declaring the driver

30

Male

Doncaster

8

Not declaring the driver and speeding

30

Male

Dagenham

6

Driving otherwise than in accordance with the licence, not declaring the driver and speeding

28

Male

SE6, London

4

Driving uninsured

27

Male

Oldham

5

Not declaring the driver and speeding

27

Male

Leeds

4

Driving uninsured, driving without due care and attention

27

Male

E16, London

5

Using a vehicle with defective tyres, causing or permitting driving uninsured

27

Male

St Ives, Cambs

5

Using a vehicle with defective tyres, driving uninsured

27

Male

Portsmouth

9

Speeding and speeding on a motorway

27

Female

Bolton

5

Not declaring the driver and speeding

26

Male

Durham

5

Not declaring the driver, speeding, using mobile phone

26

Male

Clitheroe

8

Speeding

25

Male

Leeds

4

Failing to stop at an accident, using mobile phone, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, speeding

24

Male

W9, London

4

Not declaring the driver

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