None of the 20 oldest drivers to amass 12 or more licence points have been banned from driving, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.
Violations including drink driving, driving without insurance, and speeding have been detailed in the report.
The worst offender, a 57-year-old, has avoided a driving ban despite receiving 26 penalty licence points.
Ellie Pearson, spokeswoman for Brake, said: ‘The penalty point system is in place to take drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws off the road, whilst giving drivers ample opportunity to mend their ways,’ said Ellie Pearson, a spokesperson for anti-speeding charity Brake.
‘Drivers with 12 points or more on their licence have already proven they have no respect for the rules of the road, or the safety of others. Allowing them to carry on driving is inviting tragedy.’
Under current road laws, drivers who receive 12 licence points should automatically receive a six-month driving disqualification, unless courts decide the ban could put the motorist under “exceptional hardship”.
A DVLA spokesman said: ‘The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.’
Campaigners worry that drivers not being banned in these cases could pose a serious threat to other road users. It may also set an unfortunate precident for other potentially dangerous drivers to remain on the roads.
‘If drivers accumulate 12 points and are not banned, it makes a mockery of the whole system,’ said Brake Spokeperson, Ellie Pearson.
Information About Licence Points
A licence point / penalty point system demerits drivers convicted of road traffic offences. These “points” can be added or subtracted, and in some cases removed after a defined amount of time has passed, or other conditions are met. If the total amount of licence points exceeds a limit (12 in the UK) the offender may be disqualified from driving.
By Peter Jepson