Unlicensed motorist racks up 40 points
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has discovered that a motorist from Lewisham has racked up an astounding 40 points for 12 offences despite never having held a full or even a provisional driving licence.
This is according to information supplied by the DVLA in February, following a Freedom of Information request. The offences include speeding in a 30mph zone and driving without insurance. The request, which asked for the top 20 highest points holders, also shows two other offenders with no licence.
The second highest penalty points holder without a licence is a male offender from the Stockport area, with 33 penalty points for seven offences – including caught for speeding in a 30mph zone and repeatedly failing to disclose information as to the identity of the driver.
And the third highest penalty points holder driving without a licence is a man from Leeds with 28 penalty points for five offences including driving uninsured against third party risks and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
IAM chief executive, Sarah Sillars said, ‘It’s been three years since the IAM raised this issue with the DVLA, but we still have drivers on the road with multiple points allocated to them. Now we discover that some of them have never held any kind of driving licence. We all have to share the road with these unqualified, uninsured and dangerous drivers.
‘We need to punish offenders as well as give them the opportunity to change their ways. Offenders are unlikely to drive legally if they face a ban or points on their licence as soon as they pass their test.’
England and Wales’ highest points holder continues to be a man from Liverpool who holds 45 penalty points on a full driving licence. He collected six penalty points on three separate occasions for speeding in a 30mph zone. And another six points on five other occasions because he failed to provide information about the identity of the driver – he carries the same number points today as he did in 2014.