City in sixth place for 12-point driv­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

PETER­BOR­OUGH is in the top 10 cities in the UK for the num­ber of mo­torists still al­lowed to drive with 12 penalty points on their li­cence.

The Co-op­er­a­tive Mo­tor Group re­leased the fig­ures yes­ter­day which it had un­cov­ered as a re­sult of a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest to the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency (DVLA).

The sta­tis­tics place Peter­bor­ough sixth in the coun­try for the per­cent­age of driv­ers who have ac­cu­mu­lated 12 or more penalty points, which nor­mally re­sults in a ban, but who are still legally driv­ing.

In to­tal, 66 driv­ers out of the city’s 150,951 mo­torists were driv­ing with 12 points or more at the start of April.

The high­est was Black­pool with 51 out of 74,605; fol­lowed by Old­ham with 59 out of 108,489 and Manch­ester with 255 out of 510,832. Pre­ston came 10th with 67 out of 101,125.

The mo­tor group said it had asked the DVLA why these driv­ers could con­tinue to drive and it had been told that in cases where a driver had 12 or more penalty points, “the courts are able to use their dis­cre­tion to de­cide whether to dis­qual­ify a driver”.

In the ma­jor­ity of cases, driv­ers re­tain their li­cence when it is con­sid­ered dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion would cause hard­ship.

Tony Guest, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Co-op­er­a­tive Mo­tor Group, said: “It is con­cern­ing that mo­torists with so many points on their li­cence can legally be al­lowed to drive. We hope these driv­ers are hav­ing to un­der­take re-train­ing to en­sure that they do not re-of­fend.”

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