8,000 offenders still at the wheel

8,000 offenders still at the wheel

There are over 8,000 UK motorists who are still driving even though they have 12 or more points on their licence, DVLA data shows.

The top legal limit for licence points is 12, or for new drivers who have had their licence for three years or less, the total is six. A freedom of information request, however, revealed that a large number of male motorists with 25-36 points are still behind the wheel.

A Warrington male motorist has the largest number of points, or 36.

Today the total number of UK men with a driving licence is 20,439,578 while there are 16,804,524 women. The data shows that male drivers commit more driving offences than do women. Abreakdown of the DVLA data reveals:

¥There are only two women among the top 34 licence point holders.

¥There are 14 women among the top 99 licence point holders.

¥A total of 2,256 men are still behind the wheel even though they have more than 12 points on their licence.

¥A total of 351 women are still driving despite having over 12 points on their licence.

¥Men comprise the entire list of top 14 licence point holders with 25 points or more.

According to Simon Best, the chief executive of the UK's leading road safety charity, the IAM: "Law abiding drivers will be shocked that so many drivers are on the road who have more than 12 points.

"The 'totting up' principle is supposed to give a simple four strikes and you are out message.

"Anything more than this should be a disqualification, unless there are the most exceptional circumstances.

"There must be tighter practice in courts and at the DVLA to take these motorists off the road or ensure they take a driver retraining course to help them break their points habit."

Copyright Press Association 2013