New 45 points record for driver

A man from Liverpool accumulated 45 licence penalty points in November, according to figures released by the DVLAfollowing an IAM freedom of information request.  The points were all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver or exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road, between 01 October 2012 and 20 June 2013.   This beats the previous record of 42 points.

The second-highest points total, 36, went to a man from Warrington, Cheshire, who was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks, between 20 February and 2 March 2012.

 

Other notable offenders include:

  • A woman from Lincoln with 34 points, who was caught speeding three times and failed to give information to identify the driver four times between 15 January 2012 and 26 September 2012.
  • A female from Hull with 31 points, who was caught speeding eight times in two months, between 29 September 2011 and 29 November 2011.
  • A man from Westcliff-on-Sea, with 30 points who was caught speeding six times in just two weeks, between 30 September and 13 October 2012.

Failing to give the identity of the owner, speeding, and driving uninsured are the most common reasons for points.

Of the top twenty licence-points holders, only three are women.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Last September, the IAM highlighted a driver with 42 points on their licence and we were told that more would be done to address the issue. Incredibly, we now have someone driving with 45 points.  DVLA must rapidly overhaul their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined. 

“Any suggestion that some drivers may be able to speed with impunity and then talk themselves out of a ban puts our whole approach to enforcement into question.  The police and the motoring public need to have confidence that those caught speeding or breaking other motoring laws will be dealt with equally.”

ENDS


Notes to editors

  1. Top twenty driving licence points holders details from a freedom of information request.  Data received 18 December 2013
  2. A complete list of drivers with points by postcode is available from the IAM.
  3. The IAM is the UKs largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling.The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive.The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

Total points

Gender

Area

Number of offences

Offences

45

Male

Liverpool

8

Not declaring the driver and speeding

36

Male

Warrington

6

Driving uninsured

34

Female

Lincoln

7

Not declaring the driver and speeding

31

Female

Hull

6

Not declaring the driver and speeding

30

Male

Westcliff-on-Sea

10

Speeding

30

Male

Colchester

4

Not declaring the driver

30

Male

Brighouse

5

Not declaring the driver

30

Male

Doncaster

8

Not declaring the driver and speeding

30

Male

Dagenham

6

Driving otherwise than in accordance with the licence, not declaring the driver and speeding

28

Male

SE6, London

4

Driving uninsured

27

Male

Oldham

5

Not declaring the driver and speeding

27

Male

Leeds

4

Driving uninsured, driving without due care and attention

27

Male

E16, London

5

Using a vehicle with defective tyres, causing or permitting driving uninsured

27

Male

St Ives, Cambs

5

Using a vehicle with defective tyres, driving uninsured

27

Male

Portsmouth

9

Speeding and speeding on a motorway

27

Female

Bolton

5

Not declaring the driver and speeding

26

Male

Durham

5

Not declaring the driver, speeding, using mobile phone

26

Male

Clitheroe

8

Speeding

25

Male

Leeds

4

Failing to stop at an accident, using mobile phone, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, speeding

24

Male

W9, London

4

Not declaring the driver

ENDS ALL

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