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Eleven local drivers 'rack up' 280 penalty points uncover Lib Dems

October 13, 2019 2:18 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Eleven local drivers 'rack up' 280 penalty points uncover Lib Dems

A motorist from Rugeley has been allowed to continue driving despite having 36 penalty points on their licence. This driver is one of eleven 'selfish' people in our area who have racked up a colossal 280 penalty points.

The data was uncovered by the Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats under the Freedom of Information Act to the DVLA. The DVLA admitted that 860 people have 12 points or more on their licence with 60 drivers in Shropshire, 224 in Staffordshire and 576 in the West Midlands.

The Rugeley driver was caught on two occasions both using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle and using a vehicle with defective tyre. On three occasions they also failed to give information as to identity of driver.

A driver from Wednesbury on four occasions received 6 points for failure to give information as to identity of driver and then was given 6 penalty points for exceeding speed limit on a motorway.

The figures also reveal that someone in Oldbury has 25 points on their licence. They have gained those points due to being in charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit and on five occasions they exceeding the speed limit.

DY08 driver from Dudley has 30 points and a driver from Willenhall has 24 points

A driver from the B11 postcode in Sparkhill in Birmingham racked up 24 penalty points. Someone from WS03 has 22 points on their licences.

Also two drivers in Coventry racked up 24 and 22 penalty points. Someone from the B92 postcode in Marston Green has 24 points on their licence. And finally a driver, on a provisional licence in Stoke has 22 points for using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks on three occasions.

Racking up penalty points costs UK drivers more than £132million a year in higher insurance premiums, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Commenting on the news, Wolverhampton Liberal Democrat campaigner Natasha Allmark said:

"It is outrageous that these selfish, repeat offenders are being allowed to continue driving.

"I believe that allowing these drivers to continue on the road makes a mockery of the system. It is time for courts to crack down on these irresponsible individuals.

"The penalty points system is supposed to be in place to protect the public from dangerous repeat offenders and it's appalling that these risky repeat offenders are allowed to keep driving."

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Notes to editors - Please find the Freedom of Information Act request attached. If you use the data please cite Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats.