Driver without licence accrues 40 penalty points

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A London motorist has managed to rack up 40 penalty points, despite never having taken a driving test, DVLA data reveals.

The driver, from Lewisham received the points for no less than 12 separate motoring offences, data obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) shows. He was stopped six times for exceeding a 30mph speed limit and given further points on six occasions after being caught driving with no insurance.

The astonishing total makes this motorist the second highest points-holder ever in England and Wales. Typically, drivers receive a driving ban after accruing 12 points.

Worryingly, this isn't the only example of unqualified drivers amassing penalty points. The DVLA data also features a driver from Stockport who had 33 points for seven offences, including speeding in 30mph zones and repeatedly failing to disclose information as to the identity of the driver.

He is closely followed by a licence-less motorist from Leeds with 28 penalty points.

IAM chief executive Sarah Sillars said: "It's been three years since the IAM raised this issue with the DVLA, but we still have drivers on the road with multiple points allocated to them. Now we discover that some of them have never held any kind of driving licence. We all have to share the road with these unqualified, uninsured and dangerous drivers.

"We need to punish offenders as well as give them the opportunity to change their ways. Offenders are unlikely to drive legally if they face a ban or points on their licence as soon as they pass their test."

Forty-five penalty points is the current record in England and Wales. In that case, the driver does hold a full UK licence, though it doesn't seem to have done him much good.

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