– HM Courts & Tribunals Service
The vast majority of drivers who get 12 or more penalty points are fined and disqualified from driving.
Magistrates can use their discretion to not enforce a driving ban if doing so would cause exceptional hardship, such as losing a job or the ability to care for a dependant. A fine will still be enforced
Only a very small number of cases are affected by the data-sharing issue and we are working closely with DVLA to improve this.
Drivers can be banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period. But, the Institute of Advanced Motorists also highlighted the case of a driver from Essex.
- A man from Southend, who was caught speeding 10 times between March 2011 and August 2012, had 30 points on his licence - but is still driving.
A motorist from west London with 42 points on her licence is still driving. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency show the points were all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver, between May 26 and December 21 last year.