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Brake express concerns for DVLA’s penalty system

The road safety charity, Brake, has expressed concerns after it was revealed that many drivers who’ve gained 12 penalty points on their licenses remain on the roads. In new figures, it was shown that 104 motorists living in and around Bradford alone are still driving, even though they’ve clocked up the maximum number of allowable penalty points. A spokesman for the charity said it makes a “mockery” of the system and leaves Britain’s roads more dangerous than ever.

In the latest figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) it was shown that many in the Bradford area have clocked up 12 penalty points; at which point their licence should be taken away. However, one motorist living in the BD7 regions of Lidget Green, Little Horton and Lister Hills, has gained a massive 22 points. And yet, they are still driving. Meanwhile, a motorist in BD13 has 20 points, another in BD3 has 19, one in BD4 has 18 and two others living in BD3 and BD18 have 17 points each.

James McLoughlin from Brake said the figures were appalling. Such data also might give the impression that the DVLA don’t care about road safety and will allow drivers to rack up as many points as they choose. “These irresponsible individuals have shown disregard for the law and the lives of other road users, time after time,” Mr McLoughlin explained, adding, “Allowing these drivers to stay on our roads puts innocent members of the public in danger and makes a mockery of the points system”. Mr McLoughlin furthered explained that the government needs to address the situation urgently and seriously so that those drivers with 12 points get the automatic bans they’re supposed to receive.

Meanwhile, Paul Watters from the AA’s head of roads policy, said it did seem “absurd” for people to be driving when they had more than 12 points on their licence. However, he added that he didn’t believe there was too much cause for concern as there can be exceptional circumstances which provide courts to allow drivers to stay on the road.

For all drivers, road safety is of great importance. For those with personalised number plates, and indeed those with regular registrations, it’s essential to take care on the roads and ensure that motorists around them are also complying with laws so accidents don’t occur. In addition, by driving safely individuals will be able to avoid the penalty point system altogether, and therefore not have to worry about fines and losing their licence.

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