The Herald Magazine - - Etc / Drive On The Road -

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.”

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