Points shame of Fylde coast drivers

Speed camera sign on Blackpool promenade near the Pleasure Beach
Speed camera sign on Blackpool promenade near the Pleasure Beach
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BLACKPOOL has the biggest concentration in the country of motorists who are still driving despite having 12 penalty points on their licence.

Figures revealed today show the resort has the highest proportion of 12-point drivers in relation to the number of registered motorists.

It is ahead of Manchester, Liverpool and Preston after figures were obtained by the Co-operative Motor Group following a freedom of information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Last October The Gazette exclusively revealed 74 drivers on the Fylde coast still had their licences despite clocking up enough points to face a disqualification.

At that time, two motorists were still driving despite having 24 points on their licence.

Motorists who build up 12 points or more within a three-year period are liable to be disqualified from driving under the totting-up system.

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However, courts can use their discretion as to whether a driver is banned.

People can argue they will suffer exceptional hardship, such as losing their job, if they lose their licence.

Co-operative Group managing director Tony Guest said: “It is concerning that motorists with so many points on their licence can legally be allowed to continue to drive.

“We would hope that at the very least these drivers are having to undertake retraining to ensure that they do not reoffend, but we understand this is rarely the case. We would push for a standard test for drivers that reach 12 points for the safety of all road users.”

A spokesman for the (DVLA) said: “The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts.

“The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.

“However, the statistics are likely to include cases where drivers have served their period of disqualification and successfully re-applied for their driving licences.”

Road Safety charity Brake launched a campaign last year to get drivers off the roads who persistently break the law and put lives at risk.

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