Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Male drivers fail to see the point

Over 8000 UK drivers are still driving despite having 12 or more points on their licence.  The top fourteen licence point holders with 25 points or more are all men.

The official upper limit for license points according to DVLA is 12, or six for those who have held a licence for three years or less. However, a freedom of information request to the DVLA showed many male drivers with 25-36 points were still driving.

A male driver from Warrington has the highest number of points, 36. 

Currently, there are 20,439,578 male and 16,804,524 female licence holders in the UK, but it's men who fall foul of the law more often:

  • Of the top thirty-four licence point holders, only two are women.
  • Of the top 99 licence point holders, just fourteen are women.
  • 2256 men are still driving with more than 12 points on their licence.
  • 351 women are still driving with more than 12 points their licence.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Law abiding drivers will be shocked that so many drivers are on the road who have more than 12 points.  The 'totting up' principle is supposed to give a simple four strikes and you are out message. Anything more than this should be a disqualification, unless there are the most exceptional circumstances.

"There must be tighter practice in courts and at the DVLA to take these motorists off the road or ensure they take a driver retraining course to help them break their points habit."

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