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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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