It has been revealed that 579 motorists in Wales are legally allowed to continue on the roads, despite amassing 12 or more penalty points.
Surprisingly, three people continue to use the roads legally with at least 24 points on their record.
Under normal circumstances, twelve points results in a temporary driving ban unless exception hardship will result.
Following a Freedom of Information request from BBC Wales to the DVLA, 579 drivers in Wales had 12 penalty points or more on 2nd April, 2011.
According to the DVLA, the decision to disqualify a driver is left to the courts.
Head of road safety at the AA, Andrew Howard, can see both sides of the argument.
“You can’t see why these people are repeatedly doing it – you should be able to see it coming,” he explained.
“The idea is that people get warned for this along the way and see their points totting up. The idea is to clamp down on repeat offenders.
“If you’re a repeat offender and you drive for a living, that’s not an excuse.
“Whether speed cameras have made some magistrates more sympathetic to the repeat offenders has to be the key question.”
The number of disqualifications in Wales has been dropping over recent years.
In 2010 disqualifications fell below 8,000 from over 10,000 in 2009 and over 11,00 in 2008.
The DVLA feel that the blame shouldn’t be placed on their shoulders.
“The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether to disqualify a driver,” explained a DVLA spokesperson.
“The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts.
“We have recently concluded a comprehensive review into how we communicate with the courts, and will implement any necessary changes to make sure that there are rigorous processes in place so that only those who are entitled to drive are allowed to hold a licence.”
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