Driving: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many holders of UK driving licences with 12 points or more on their licence have been allowed to continue driving in each of the last three years.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency holds current data on the number of people with 12 penalty points or more on their driving record. On 9 April 2019 the number of people with 12 penalty points or more who have entitlement to drive is 11,105.

Some of these drivers will have already served a disqualification which expired before the penalty points attributed to the offence(s).

Some will be drivers who had cited ‘exceptional hardship’ to the court after they had reached 12 penalty points under the ‘totting-up’ provisions. In these circumstances the disqualification may either be avoided or significantly reduced.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is the holder of the record of all GB fixed penalties and court ordered endorsements, but is not responsible for setting them or influencing court imposed sentences.

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