One in 20 drivers pay friend to take penalty points for them

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Five per cent of motorists admit to paying a friend or relative to take penalty points they received on the road, new research has found. A Freedom of Information request made by has discovered that six per cent of drivers have asked a friend or relative to take their points, however, only 54 per cent of offenders said that they had been caught out.
A famous case of points swapping came two years ago when Chris Huhne and ex-wife Vicky Pryce were jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice. The new survey has discovered that 11 per cent of motorists are unaware that swapping points is against the law, reports the Daily Mail. Of those who owned up to points-swapping, a majority said that they had done this at least three times, while one in seven respondents don't think that the penalty points system works.

The list of reasons given for swapping points was topped by the attempt to keep a clean driving licence, though a quarter did so to avoid being banned from driving. Currently 70,158 motorists hold nine points on their licence – potentially one offence away from being banned. More than 6,800 drivers, however, have 12 points or more on their licence – the normal point at which drivers receive a ban.

Head of motor insurance at, Gemma Stanbury, said: "It's concerning to see that one in 20 motorists (five per cent) admit taking on a friend or relative's penalty points.

"Avoiding penalty points for a motoring offence means many drivers who are prone to offences, such as speeding, remain on the roads, where they may pose a risk to others."

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