Tougher laws required as driver receives 48 penalty points
By: Click4Reg Team
29 August 2014
It’s been revealed that a driver from Birmingham remains on the road, despite having clocked up 48 penalty points. Whilst this motorist has actually been banned, another with 27 points is still legally driving. Many officials are calling road laws into question as a result, suggesting that tougher regulations are needed to keep Britain’s roads safe.
In new data, it was shown that the banned motorist has managed to gain a staggering number of points. However, each time he’s stopped by police, he provides incorrect data. Meanwhile, two motorists have been banned with 36 points and three were disqualified with 30 points. However, most shockingly, one individual with 27 points, four with 24 points and three with 21 are all still on the roads legally. Under usual circumstances, anyone with 12 points or more is automatically banned. The fact that many people are still able to legally drive on the roads has been shocking for Steve McCabe, Selly Oak’s Labour MP.
Mr McCabe, who is also the secretary of the All Party Police Group and the vice chair of the European Secure Vehicle Alliance said: “I’m shocked to hear people are driving on Birmingham roads having clocked up huge numbers of penalty points. I think 12 points should lead to an automatic ban and that should be the end of it. It’s far too easy for courts to listen to fantasy excuses and then show leniency to what are essentially repeat offenders. A driving licence isn’t an automatic entitlement, it’s an advantage for those who comply with the rules.” He added that the current situation is a mockery to driving laws and said that the government must realise something needs to be done.
In response to the issue, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said that though the organisation keeps a record of all court endorsements and penalty points, they have no influence on court imposed sentences. They added that a court can use its discretion and not disqualify drivers, even if they’ve reached the 12 point ban threshold.
The statistics show that drivers must take more care on the roads, not only to safeguard themselves, but to ensure everyone around them is also safe. With many people still allowed to drive, despite having earned many points, it’s crucial for those who are law abiding to stick to the rules. For those with personal number plates, keeping their car safe from damage and driving carefully is essential.