Jason McCartney (Colne Valley, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) whether any drivers with over 12 penalty points on their licences have been allowed to continue driving through an exceptional hardship argument;
(2) how many drivers with 12 or more penalty points have been allowed to keep their driving licences due to mitigating circumstances in the last 12 months.
Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation); Reigate, Conservative)
Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on the Court Proceedings Database does not contain information about the circumstances behind each case beyond the description provided in the statute under which proceedings are brought. Information is not held on whether drivers incurring or exceeding 12 penalty points have reduced or avoided a driving disqualification for exceptional hardship or other mitigating circumstances at the court's discretion.