Watlington Revealed as Penalty Points Capital of England
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 03 September 2014
A new report has revealed that the market town of Watlington is the capital of penalty points for England. Whilst many people across the UK have points on their licence, one in seven living in the Watlington area has penalty points. This is two times more the national average.
With the data recorded up to March 2014, it was shown that of the 3,603 drivers living in the OX49 postcode, 493 people had points on their license. This is equivalent to 13.68 per cent of the population, compared with the average 6.47per cent noted across the UK. Many people have blamed police speed checks for the reason they’ve got points, though this seems nonsensical seeing as they must’ve been speeding in the first place. For example, Steve Drake of Merlin Motors, the car repair firm based in Shirburn Street, said officers regularly police the area near the B4009, saying “They stand behind a wall and point the camera round the corner. That’s where they are really sneaky.”
In response, traffic pressure group WATNEXT’s spokesman, Peter Richardson, expressed “If people break the speed limit going into Watlington, they have got only themselves to blame. We don’t think the police are covert at all. What we want is more evidence of them being seen because it is a deterrent. We have been continuously chasing for a different kind of police enforcement, which is actually an enforcement of the weight limit.”
An official response from the Thames Valley Police revealed that mobile speed enforcement vehicles are also placed in obvious locations, and often in specific areas that local community members have expressed concern about. It was added that speed cameras are in place to protect road users, drivers and pedestrians.
The issue of penalty points is an important fact for all motorists to consider, regardless of whether they’re driving with traditional registration or bespoke personalised number plates. Speed limits are put in place to ensure the roads stay as safe as possible, particularly when people have to travel through residential areas where pedestrians are more likely to be by the roadside. Whilst many people may believe their unfairly treated by high numbers of police checks and speed cameras, those going over the speed limit should remember they are breaking the law. And, to keep the roads safe, it’s imperative to stay within the rules and regulations, or risk the possibility of penalty points, fines and even a license revocation.