Sunday, 29 March 2015

Non-licence drivers 'with points' . . .


Non-licence drivers 'with points'

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Some motorists have racked up dozens of road-offence penalty points without even holding a driving licence, according to official figures.

One non-licence holder - a male driver from Lewisham in south London - had 40 points including six speeding and six no-insurance offences.

Another driver without a licence, a male from Stockport in Greater Manchester, clocked up 33 points, while another non-licence holder, a male from Leeds, had 28 points.

The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists

The figures were obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency last month under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The statistics showed that one male driver from Liverpool was still behind the wheel despite having 45 points on his licence, including three cases of speeding and five of failing to declare information as to the identity of the driver.

Also, a woman from Blackburn in Lancashire had 38 points from 10 speeding offences, yet was still driving, while a Welsh male motorist was still on the road with 36 points from six cases of driving without insurance.

IAM chief executive Sarah Sillars said: "It's been three years since we raised this issue with the DVLA, but we still have drivers on the road with multiple points allocated to them.

"Now we discover that some of them have never held any kind of driving licence.

"We all have to share the road with these unqualified, uninsured and dangerous drivers.

"We need to punish offenders as well as give them the opportunity to change their ways.

"Offenders are unlikely to drive legally if they face a ban or points on their licence as soon as they pass their test."

A DVLA spokesman said: "DVLA's role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver."

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