Penalty points 'swapping' increases

The number of drivers "swapping" licence penalty points to escape driving bans has risen in the last three years, a survey reveals.

Up to 2% have persuaded partners to take the blame for an offence in order to keep points off their own licences, an increase on the 1.5% who owned up in a survey in 1997.

Londoners were the worst offenders, with 7% of drivers admitting the offence, said the survey by insurance company Direct Line. Also, 4% of those aged 18-35 said they had engaged in points-swapping, the poll of 2,009 adults revealed.

Andy Goldby, director of motor underwriting at Direct Line, said: "Motorists are increasingly risking perverting the course of justice in order to maintain a clean licence, as well as to avoid a driving ban.

"However, trying to escape convictions by swapping points with another person is illegal and can lead to prosecution. Quite simply, it is not worth the risk."

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