92,000 motorists at imminent risk of losing licence, finds IAM RoadSmart
There are 92,000 motorists in the UK who are at risk of losing their driving licence with just one more motoring offence.
The figure has been revealed by IAM RoadSmart on the back of a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA.
It’s warning all such drivers with 9, 10 or 11 points currently on their licence that any further offence could push them on or over the 12-point ban threshold.
This could be through everyday driving habits, ignorance or judgement errors – such as speeding, overtaking on a double white line, parking in a dangerous place, not stopping at a school crossing, carrying too many passengers or overloading the vehicle.
And even a lack of basic vehicle maintenance could land drivers with points – such as defective tyres, blown headlight or brake light bulbs, cracked light covers, smeary windscreen wipers or worn suspension components.
Specifically, at present there are 80,484 motorists in the UK with nine points on their licence, 7,804 with 10 points and 4,313 with 11 points.
Alarmingly, there are also nearly 8,800 motorists still driving with 12 points or more on their driving licence despite the fact that they should be banned. Reasons that these drivers can keep their licence include exceptional hardship, such as loss of employment. IAM RoadSmart has long been calling for a full review to ensure that drivers with multiple points are always treated in the same way and a simple ‘12 points and you are out’ system is put in place.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy & research, said the figures showing the number of drivers either on or close to the ban threshold were alarming.
He continued: “It is also an opportune occasion to educate motorists on some motoring laws that they might be unaware can result in licence points, so that motorists can change their driving habits and carry out regular basic checks of their vehicle to help make the roads safer for all users.”