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Woman keeps licence despite racking up 42 penalty points in SIX MONTHS

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 12:00
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HAUL: 42 points in one year for Isleworth woman

A woman from Isleworth, West London, is still on the road despite accumulating a whopping 42 licence penalty points last year.

According to DVLA statistics, the fine-happy motorist accrued all the points for failing to disclose the identity of the driver between May 26 and December 21, 2012.

The second-highest points total, 36, went to a man from Warrington, Cheshire.

He was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks, between February 20 and March 2, 2012.

Other notables include a Southend man who gathered 30 points after speeding ten times in five months and a Blackburn man with 29 points after speeding eight times in two months.

Failing to give the identity of the owner, speeding, and driving uninsured are the most common reasons for points, while only two women are in the top twenty licence-points holders.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “It’s really disappointing to see that this issue has not yet been resolved.

“DVLA and the Courts Service are upgrading their computer systems to ensure that offence information is shared more efficiently, but this is not due to be in place until October.

“When drivers with ten speeding offences are getting away with holding a licence, these improvements cannot come quickly enough.

“The IAM has no sympathy for owners who refuse to reveal the identity of the driver, and we would welcome an urgent consultation on new ways to deal with this problem.

“Drivers must expect that 12 points means a ban or the whole system falls into disrepute.”