More than 150 Redbridge drivers with more than 12 points on their licence allowed to keep driving by magistrates
PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 November 2018
More than 150 "dangerous drivers" are still on the roads in Redbridge despite racking up enough points for a ban, according to newly released government figures.
Analysis of DVLA data reveals that 158 drivers in the Redbridge area have managed to dodge a ban after being given 12 or more penalty points on their licence - the usual threshold for losing a licence.
Road safety charity Brake has slammed the current system, which it says is allowing “repeat offenders” to exploit loopholes in the law.
It has accused the government and courts of being “complicit” in putting the public at risk.
Currently, if a driver can convince a magistrate that they, or an innocent party such as a family member, will face ‘exceptional hardship’ as a result of losing their licence they may be permitted to keep it.
The latest figures, which record penalty points as of July, show there are almost 11,000 drivers across Great Britain who have retained their licences despite passing the points limit, some with more than 40 or 50 points.
In Redbridge the highest number of points received by one driver who is still allowed to drive is 30.
Around 33 in every 100,000 local drivers have at least 12 points on their licence, well above the national average of 23 per 100,000.
The country’s worst serial offender is a 44-year-old man from Wolverhampton or the wider south Staffordshire area, with 54 points.
Drivers can pick up penalty points - also known as endorsements - for a range of offences.
Minor offences, such as speeding or failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing, might attract three points and will stay on your licence for four years unless it is wiped clean.
Serious offences, such as drink or drug driving, could get you up to 11 points, and these will stay on your licence for 11 years.
If a driver gets 12 or more points in three years they will usually be banned from driving for six months.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The vast majority of drivers who get 12 penalty points are automatically disqualified.
“The courts have access to DVLA records which are taken into account, but sentencing is rightly a matter for independent judges based on the facts of each case.”