AROUND one-fifth of motorists have taken penalty points for another driver, a new survey suggests.
Men are almost three times more likely than women to take the blame for another driver’s offence, according to the poll commissioned by Co-op Insurance, which quizzed 2000 UK adults.
More than one in four (28%) men have accepted points for another motorist, compared with one in 10 women. Nearly half (49%) of people who have illegally taken points have done so for their partner. The most common reason is a belief their car insurance is so cheap, there would be no financial impact.
This is followed by helping the other person avoid a driving ban (23%), and financial gain (18%), with average payments worth £220.
Anyone caught can be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Drivers can be disqualified if they get 12 points within a three-year period. New drivers can also have their licence revoked if they receive six points within two years of passing the test.
Head of motor insurance at Co-op, Nick Ansley, said: “Penalty points are in place to deter people from committing motoring offences and ensure safer driving.
“While some drivers may think they’re helping out another by swapping penalty points, they’re putting themselves and others at risk.”