The statistics come via a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and will come as a shock to motorhome owners who will probably think it is impossible to even organise motorhome insurance on a vehicle if you have 12 points on your licence, never mind drive it. Apparently all 10,000 drivers still have their licence because of “exceptional circumstances”. In a survey of its members, GEM Assist, a motoring group who requested the information, found that 80% of their members do not believe there should be any exceptions to the 12 point ban.
David Williams MBE, the Chief Executive of GEM Assist, said “It is clear that the large majority of law abiding UK drivers are not happy that other motorists are getting away with dodging penalties by claiming “exceptional circumstances”. Understandably there are certain cases that would warrant an appeal; however, recent figures show just how many thousands of people are working the system and being let off. It is very worrying from a road safety perspective to see how many motorists are still on the roads despite being penalised for dangerous driving, speeding and other traffic offences. Road safety is hugely compromised when so many motorists, not worthy of a licence, are still driving. To make our roads as safe as possible, we need to ensure bans and penalties are taken seriously and only in the most exceptional circumstances should drivers be allowed to keep their licence.”
Most people think it is just the rich and famous with their expensive lawyers that manage to work their way round the justice system but the figures released today show that drivers who can prove losing their licence can affect the jobs or well being of other members of the public have a reasonable chance of escaping a ban.