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23rd January 2016

Over 7,500 drivers on ban limit

More than 7,500 motorists in the UK are driving with 12 points or more on their driving licenses. has reveal, via a Freedom of Information request from the DVLA and highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), that 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence. These motorists have reached the threshold to be banned yet are still driving on UK roads.

Normally, under the ‘totting up’ system, drivers are banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period.

In addition, a staggering 15 drivers have 30 or more points on their licence, with a male motorist from Liverpool totting up 45 points for speeding and failing to give information.

The IAM has blamed a breakdown in communication between the courts and the DVLA for these figures.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said, ‘The IAM has been highlighting this issue for several years now and we appreciate that the flow of information between the DVLA and the courts is slowly improving, which will allow the courts to make better decisions while armed with the full facts. However these improvements cannot come quickly enough to deliver a truly joined-up approach to the judicial process.’

A further 36,000 motorists are on the brink of losing their driving license. All of the 36,000 motorists that pin pointed from the data are currently on nine, 10 and 11 points.

Terry Hogan, Co-founder of said, ‘Hopefully the government’s new ‘verified identity’ scheme – Gov.UK Verify – will help to eliminate this issue. In the meantime law abiding drivers will be more at risk.’


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