Data obtained by online licence verification specialist dh Licence Check has revealed that just one in 14 UK drivers has points on their licence – yet thousands of licence holders are still legally driving on Britain’s roads despite having 12 or more points.
According to the DVLA figures, released following a Freedom of Information request, some 2.9million drivers across the UK have points on their licence. Of these, a total of 6,884 drivers with 12 points or more are still legally driving on Britain’s roads – the usual limit before a driver is issued with a driving ban, unless a court accepts a submission of “exceptional hardship”.
Analysis of the data also reveals regional variations. Over 235,000 people across just seven towns and cities in Scotland have at least one point on their licence and at least 400 drivers in Yorkshire are known to have 12 or more points.
This is in contrast to areas such as Exeter, home to some of the UK’s best behaved drivers. There, only one in 50 licence holders – or 17,830 people – have at least one penalty point.
While 93 per cent of Britain’s licence holders have a clean licence, the data was unable to reveal the number of people driving vehicles that are not included on their driving licence. This is a legally required check for any business employing people to drive commercially.
Chris Chidley, CEO of dh Licence Check parent company Specialist People Services (SPS), said: “Despite some eye-catching regional variations, Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world. This is underlined by the overall picture, with just one in 14 drivers having any points at all on their licence.
“Nevertheless, the data we uncovered demonstrates that no one can be complacent about the roadworthiness of drivers. This is particularly important for businesses that have people on the road as part of their job. It is vital that firms carry out regular and rigorous checks of licences, not just to monitor penalty points but also to ensure workers have the correct licence for the vehicles they drive – one of the hidden dangers often overlooked by employers.”
The dh Licence Check system, developed by SPS, is an online licence checking service, which automatically provides employers with a comprehensive update on an employee or potential employee’s roadworthiness. This includes information on licence categories, restrictions, endorsements, expiry dates, conviction dates and disqualifications. It can also be configured to align with a company’s policies and procedures including frequency of checks and how infringements are classified.
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