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Speeding penalties labelled a ‘farce’ as drivers keep licences

It’s been revealed that many drivers who’ve reached or passed the driving licence points’ threshold are still on the road legally. Despite the fact that drivers are only allowed 12 penalty points before having their licences revoked, many people are still driving legally because though the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has recorded the law breaking, the courts have provided discretion for individual cases.

The news comes after it was found that a 77 year old pensioner in Birmingham is still driving, despite gaining 12 points and, therefore, being subject to an automatic driving ban. All the driver’s points relate to speeding indiscretions, which means lives could be at risk. In addition, accidents impact the cost of insurance for both those with private plates and traditional registrations, with those who’ve gained penalties often more at risk of causing such dangers.

In fact, in Birmingham, the twenty oldest drivers to have passed the 12 point threshold are all still legally allowed to drive. One 57 year old individual has 26 penalty points; most of which relate to having no insurance. Meanwhile, at the younger end of the scale, one 19 year old is also still allowed on the roads, despite have 15 points for speeding, amongst other matters.

As the figures come to light, many of the nation’s road safety campaigners are suggesting the current system makes a complete mockery of speeding penalties, with drivers clearly able to get away with breaking the rules. Spokeswoman for Brake, Ellie Pearson, said: “The penalty point system is in place to take drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws off the road, whilst giving drivers ample opportunity to mend their ways. If drivers accumulate 12 points and are not banned, it makes a mockery of the whole system. Drivers with 12 points or more on their licence have already proven they have no respect for the rules of the road, or the safety of others. Allowing them to carry on driving is inviting tragedy.”

Responding to the problem, the DVLA explained that though it was the organisation’s responsibility to track and record information of law breaking, it wasn’t their role to enforce disqualification. In such cases, drivers are referred to courts where it is a judge’s role to ban drivers or use their discretion and allow motorists to remain behind the wheel.

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