27 points on her driving licence - but she's still on the road

The Bolton News: Police checking a driver's licence Police checking a driver's licence

A WOMAN driver from Bolton clocked up 27 points her driving licence — making her one of the 20 worst drivers in the country.

The unnamed motorist racked the points up after being convicted of five offences including speeding and not declaring who was behind the wheel.

The amount is more than twice the 12 point limit at which drivers are suppose to be banned, and was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act from the DVLA by road safety group, The Institute for Advanced Motorists.

MP for Bolton West Julie Hilling said the data showed there was “something seriously wrong with the current system”.

She has previously written to the Department for Transport and Minister for Justice, asking for them to look seriously at the number of drivers who are not disqualified from driving despite having run up 12 or more points on their licence.

She said: “There are really interesting questions as to why this situation is still occurring. It’s an absolute nonsense that people are still driving with so many points — it’s only supposed to be in exceptional circumstances but clearly this isn’t the case.

“The government really needs to take action on this and I will continue to press them for answers.”


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The worst offender on the list was a Liverpool man who accumulated 45 penalty points over eight months for speeding and failing to disclose the identity of the driver — breaking the previous record of 42 points.

A spokesperson for the HM Courts and Tribunals service said it was up to the individual magistrates hearing a case to decide whether a driver is banned from the road.

She added: “The vast majority of drivers who get 12 or more penalty points are fined and disqualified from driving.

“Magistrates can use their discretion to not enforce a driving ban if doing so would cause exceptional hardship, such as losing a job or the ability to care for a dependent. A fine will still be enforced.”

In 2012 The Bolton News revealed figures showing there were 66 drivers in the town who were still on the roads despite receiving more than 12 points on their licence.

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9:17am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

If she got a ban she would still be out driving.

People have nothing but contempt for the law these days.
If she got a ban she would still be out driving. People have nothing but contempt for the law these days. Jim271
  • Score: 17

9:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

Leyannekt says...

If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend.
If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend. Leyannekt
  • Score: 22

9:39am Thu 9 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

do these magistrates actually live in the REAL world....these idiots could easily kill someone....
do these magistrates actually live in the REAL world....these idiots could easily kill someone.... goldie47
  • Score: 27

11:31am Thu 9 Jan 14

albertmodley says...

Jim271 wrote:
If she got a ban she would still be out driving.

People have nothing but contempt for the law these days.
Oh no she wouldn't.Not if you took the car off her and crushed it to pulp in front of her very eyes.Same should apply to the boy racers who seem to cause so much trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If she got a ban she would still be out driving. People have nothing but contempt for the law these days.[/p][/quote]Oh no she wouldn't.Not if you took the car off her and crushed it to pulp in front of her very eyes.Same should apply to the boy racers who seem to cause so much trouble. albertmodley
  • Score: 17

12:54pm Thu 9 Jan 14

lindlandl says...

You would think that if someone's livelihood depended on them driving they would be especially careful not to accumulate points on their licence, at least you'd think they'd have got the message by the time they were in danger of losing it. Anyone who accumulates 12 points then pleads that they need their licence because of their livelihood is simply arrogant and selfish, traits that lead them to getting the 12 points in the first place! The first nine points are all the warning that anyone needs. If they are not capable of heeding these warnings then they shouldn't be driving anyway.
You would think that if someone's livelihood depended on them driving they would be especially careful not to accumulate points on their licence, at least you'd think they'd have got the message by the time they were in danger of losing it. Anyone who accumulates 12 points then pleads that they need their licence because of their livelihood is simply arrogant and selfish, traits that lead them to getting the 12 points in the first place! The first nine points are all the warning that anyone needs. If they are not capable of heeding these warnings then they shouldn't be driving anyway. lindlandl
  • Score: 12

12:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

cliff4treasurer says...

and unreliable!
and unreliable! cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

pecky2k says...

To have 12 points and be given one chance to keep your job is fair enough but 45 points is taking the p155!! Not only be banned but prison term too for blatant disregard of the law!
To have 12 points and be given one chance to keep your job is fair enough but 45 points is taking the p155!! Not only be banned but prison term too for blatant disregard of the law! pecky2k
  • Score: 10

1:03pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

If you took the car off her, she would go down to a scrapyard and buy another for about £100quid, if that gets scrapped buy another.

Its cheaper than paying MOT TAX and insurance.
If you took the car off her, she would go down to a scrapyard and buy another for about £100quid, if that gets scrapped buy another. Its cheaper than paying MOT TAX and insurance. Jim271
  • Score: 5

1:30pm Thu 9 Jan 14

boydell says...

She obviously couldn't care less if she has 27 or 270 points on her licence. She has total disregard for the law and other road users if she has so many points.
It proves that she is a bad driver and should be banned from driving.. She is probably claiming hardship and paying the fines a £5 per week ......That is , if she has been fined in the first place.
Can the BEN find out if she got fined as well as points, and how much ??.
She obviously couldn't care less if she has 27 or 270 points on her licence. She has total disregard for the law and other road users if she has so many points. It proves that she is a bad driver and should be banned from driving.. She is probably claiming hardship and paying the fines a £5 per week ......That is , if she has been fined in the first place. Can the BEN find out if she got fined as well as points, and how much ??. boydell
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Thu 9 Jan 14

MrBenggo says...

The law should fear nor favour no one.
If twelve points earns a ban it should apply every one with no exception..
The law should fear nor favour no one. If twelve points earns a ban it should apply every one with no exception.. MrBenggo
  • Score: 4

5:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

adatherton says...

Leyannekt wrote:
If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend.
You can only do the sob story once. Magistrates check records of previous appearances.
[quote][p][bold]Leyannekt[/bold] wrote: If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend.[/p][/quote]You can only do the sob story once. Magistrates check records of previous appearances. adatherton
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

adatherton wrote:
Leyannekt wrote: If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend.
You can only do the sob story once. Magistrates check records of previous appearances.
Have they if so whats the reason then?
[quote][p][bold]adatherton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leyannekt[/bold] wrote: If these people know they can go to the Magistrate with a sob story and get let off they'll just keep offending. Will it take one of them causing a death to get the courts to take this seriously? Ban them all and let's see how many re-offend.[/p][/quote]You can only do the sob story once. Magistrates check records of previous appearances.[/p][/quote]Have they if so whats the reason then? thomas222
  • Score: 0

11:09am Fri 10 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

Jim271 wrote:
If she got a ban she would still be out driving.

People have nothing but contempt for the law these days.
Sad but true.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If she got a ban she would still be out driving. People have nothing but contempt for the law these days.[/p][/quote]Sad but true. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 0

11:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

Jim271 wrote:
If you took the car off her, she would go down to a scrapyard and buy another for about £100quid, if that gets scrapped buy another.

Its cheaper than paying MOT TAX and insurance.
You are on form today Jim. Again sad but true.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If you took the car off her, she would go down to a scrapyard and buy another for about £100quid, if that gets scrapped buy another. Its cheaper than paying MOT TAX and insurance.[/p][/quote]You are on form today Jim. Again sad but true. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

danssoncabaret says...

Why has she not been named
and shamed?
Why has she not been named and shamed? danssoncabaret
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

danssoncabaret wrote:
Why has she not been named and shamed?
I will take one guess!
[quote][p][bold]danssoncabaret[/bold] wrote: Why has she not been named and shamed?[/p][/quote]I will take one guess! thomas222
  • Score: 3

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