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.
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