Sunday, 26 July 2015

Nottingham roads have more 12-point licence drivers than anywhere else in country . . .

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Nottingham roads have more 12-point licence drivers than anywhere else in country

Cited at:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/12-point-drivers-road/story-26816297-detail/story.html


Across the country, 6,523 motorists are currently on the road with at least 12 points.

There are more motorists from Nottingham on the road with at least 12 penalty points than anywhere else in the country, according to new research.

The figures show 180 drivers in the city are using the roads despite having 12 or more points on their licence.

The news comes after the Post revealed last month how police have handed out 10,395 fixed-penalty notices in the county since 2011 – with more than 7,500 of them picked up by men. So far this year, 513 fixed-penalty notices have been given to men and 219 to women drivers.

The latest figures were released following a Freedom of Information Act by Co-operative Insurance.

Motorists are normally disqualified from driving if they incur 12 points within a three-year period.

Road safety charity Brake spokesman Gary Rae has today criticised the system.

He said: "The penalty point system exists to take potentially dangerous, repeat offenders off the road, while giving drivers ample opportunity to mend their ways.

"If drivers are not banned when they reach 12 points or more, it makes a mockery of the whole system.

"Drivers who have accumulated this many points have already proved they have no respect for the rules of the road."

In Doncaster, there are 174 motorists with 12 points or more and in Cardiff 173.

Birmingham is fourth on the list with 169 drivers and Sheffield fifth with 156.

Steve Kerrigan, spokesman for Co-operative Insurance, said: "It is clear that there are a large number of drivers on the roads with more than 12 penalty points on their licenses.

"Despite young drivers having the reputation for being the worst motorists, when it comes to the drivers that have an excessive amount of penalty points, we have found that in the majority of cases, older drivers, aged between 26 and 55, have more points than any other and as a proportion of their age group.

"As new generations of young drivers come through, it is extremely important for safe driving education to continue and, in future, we will hopefully see safer roads as a result."

Across the country, 6,523 motorists are currently on the road with at least 12 points.

The investigation also revealed that a female driver in Blackburn currently has 38 points on her licence, while a man in Liverpool has 45.







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