Up to 10,000 motorists are legally driving on British roads despite having excessive points on their driving licence, a BBC report has revealed.
There is a standard limit of 12 points on a driving licence before a motorist is banned from driving, however magistrates have the power to waive a ban. Sheena Jowett, deputy chairman of the Magistrates' Association, told the BBC: ‘Automatic disqualification can be avoided or reduced in cases of exceptional hardship. The process is a robust one and the concept of hardship must be proved to an exceptional level.’
Most of the 10,000 motorists had a maximum of 18 points on their licence, however there were 203 with more than 18 points. The most startling case was that of a man from West Yorkshire who was allowed to drive with 62 points on his licence, most of which were accumulated from speeding on a motorway.