Almost 300 drivers remain on roads despite 12 points on licence

Hundreds of drivers with 12 points or more on their licence are still behind the wheel on Scotland’s roads, new figures have indicated.

A freedom of information request made by the Scottish Liberal Democrats suggests 229,064 drivers in Scotland currently have points on their licence.

Of those, 276 have 12 points or more, according to the statistics.

The party’s transport spokesman Mike Rumbles called for an examination of whether persistent offenders are being properly dealt with.

He said: “For the safety of everyone driving home for Christmas, it’s important that repeat offenders and wild drivers are kept off the roads.

“It’s possible that there are mitigating factors in some cases which justify these drivers hanging on to their right to drive. But let’s be honest, if you have racked up a dozen points you’re probably a bad driver.

“The UK and Scottish governments should examine whether the right systems are in place to put the brakes on problem drivers.”

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency said the question of sentencing would be a matter for the courts to determine.