Man clocks up record-breaking 45 penalty points but is still on the road
An unnamed man from Liverpool has managed to chalk up an astonishing 45 penalty points on his licence in the past nine months without being banned from the roads.
The story was uncovered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) following a freedom of information request to the DVLA.
The IAM previously highlighted a motorist who was still driving with a then record-breaking 42 points.
All of the 45 points on the Liverpudlian's licence were for failing to disclose the identity of the driver or exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road, between October 1, 2012 and June 20, 2013.
A driver can be disqualified from the road for accumulating just 12 points in three years.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Last September, the IAM highlighted a driver with 42 points on their license and we were told that more would be done to address the issue.
"Incredibly, we now have someone driving with 45 points. The DVLA must rapidly overhaul their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined."
He added: "Any suggestion that some drivers may be able to speed with impunity and then talk themselves out of a ban puts our whole approach to enforcement into question. The police and the motoring public need to have confidence that those caught speeding or breaking other motoring laws will be dealt with equally."
The results also revealed that only three women made up the top 20 worst penalty points offenders.
Laura Woods, spokesperson for road safety charity Brake told Sky News: "It is appalling that people who commit offence after offence, racking up so many points, are allowed to keep driving.
"Drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws have shown complete disregard for the lives of other road users.
"They have also had ample opportunity to desist breaking the law before reaching 12 points and facing disqualification.
"Brake is calling for all drivers who clock up 12 points to be automatically disqualified.
"Allowing these dangerous and irresponsible drivers to stay on the road puts innocent members of the public in danger and makes a mockery of the system."