City in sixth place for 12-point drivers
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.”