Banned drivers still on the road

Drivers with as many as 42 points on their licence are still taking to the road due to failures with data sharing, according to new figures. Normally drivers are banned if they accumulate 12 points over three years.

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'A very small number of cases' affected by data sharing

The data sharing issue at the heart of allegations of banned drivers still getting behind the wheel only effects "a very small number of cases", a spokesman for HM Courts & Tribunals Service has said.

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.

– A spokesman for HM Courts & Tribunals

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Upgraded IT system will keep banned drivers off roads

Upgraded computer systems at the DVLA and Britain's courts will improve the sharing of information from October, a motoring chief has said.

Simon Best, the chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) hoped better IT systems would keep motorists with more than 12 points on their license off the road.

Mr Best had "no sympathy" with car owners who refused to reveal the identity of a driver caught breaking the law while behind the wheel and wanted an urgent consultation on the problem.

DVLA and the courts service are upgrading their computer systems to ensure that offence information is shared more efficiently, but this is not due to be in place until October.

When drivers with 10 speeding offences are getting away with holding a licence, these improvements cannot come quickly enough."

The IAM has no sympathy for owners who refuse to reveal the identity of the driver, and we would welcome an urgent consultation on new ways to deal with this problem.

Drivers must expect that 12 points means a ban or the whole system falls into disrepute.

– IAM chief executive Simon Best

Worst offenders of driving while banned

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, some of the worst offenders for driving while banned were:

  • A man from Cheshire was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks between February and March last year. He already had 36 points on his license.
  • A Southend man who who was caught speeding 10 times over a six month period in 2012, already had 30 points.
  • One male driver from Blackburn with 29 points was caught speeding eight times between September and November 2011.
  • And finally, an East Sussex man who had already clocked up 24 points on his license, caught speeding six times in two weeks between September 30 and October 13 last year.

Motorists with more than 12 penalty points still driving

Motorists who should have stopped driving because of penalty points are still on the road, figures show. Credit: PA

Motorists who should be prevented from driving are still getting behind the wheel, because data is not being shared efficiently enough, figures show.

A woman from Isleworth in west London accumulated 42 points last year, statistics from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said DVLA and courts services were upgrading their computer systems so information can be "shared more efficiently".

Drivers can be banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period.

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