Sunday, 5 October 2014

Driver clocks up an incredible 48 penalty points - but keeps on driving . . .


Driver clocks up an incredible 48 penalty points - but keeps on driving

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Penalty: Drivers have clocked up dozens of points but are still driving

A second motorist was today revealed as having a massive 48 PENALTY POINTS but who is still driving on Britain's roads.

The man was given a ban by the courts but persistently flouts the law by giving police false information about his past convictions.

The unnamed driver, from Birmingham, is the second person to be identified with 48 points after Abdul Salam, 31, was unmasked in May.

The Ferrari driver, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was fined more than £1,300 for making false statements to obtain insurance after pretending his licence had not been revoked in September, 2009.

Now, a Freedom of Information request has showed the Midlands man also has 48 points, jointly with Salam the most in Britain.

It was also revealed how five motorists are still on the road even though they clocked up 123 points between them.

One man is still legally allowed to drive despite having 27 points on his licence - 25 more than the maximum allowed before an automatic ban is enforced.

Driving Ban: The driver of a Ferrari clocked up 48 points after claiming his license had not been revoked 

A court usually rules that a driver should be temporarily banned if they rack up 12 points - unless they can prove it would cause exceptional hardship.

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe slammed the loophole and vowed to highlight the problem in Parliament after the summer recess.

He said: "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.

"The present situation makes a mockery of our laws and shows that we have some people on the roads who have absolutely no regard for our driving laws. It's time the government woke up to what's going on."

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said: "We have no responsibility for or influence on court imposed sentences.

"In a small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points, the agency understands that a court can exercise its discretion and not disqualify the driver."

Cath Harley, from the road safety charity Brake, said: "It's completely unacceptable.

"Again this is a risk to other road users and it's absolutely vital that people who exceed 12 points on their licence do in fact receive a driving ban."

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