March 24, 2017 at 3:50 PM

The number of drivers who escaped banning doubled over the last two years.


The number of drivers escaping a ban despite racking up 12 or more points on their driving licences has nearly doubled in the last two years, according to new figures obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency. 

There are now 10,000 drivers with 12 or more points on their licence in Great Britain, a 45 per cent rise from 6,887 in 2015. Current law stipulates that if a driver gets 12 points over a three-year period, they must attend court and face a minimum six-month driving ban. But magistrates are allowed to be lenient with motorists if the ban is found to cause ‘exceptional hardship’, such as the loss of a job.

Some magistrates have taken this to extremes, however, as the figures obtained by BBC South East identified a driver in West Yorkshire with 62 points on his licence. BBC's findings showed that while most people had between 12 and 18 points, 203 motorists had accumulated more.