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Motorist With 45 Points Still On The Road
A motorist who chalked up a record 45 penalty points on his driving licence in a nine-month offending spree is still on the road.
The driver, from Liverpool, was given the points between October 1, 2012, and June 20, 2013, for eight offences of either failing to disclose the identity of the driver or for speeding.
His total exceeds the previous still-driving record of 42 points, revealed the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) which obtained the figures from the DVLA under the Freedom of Information Act.
Drivers who tot up 12 points within three years can be disqualified.
Failing to give the identity of the owner, speeding, and driving uninsured were the most common reasons for points, the IAM said.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Last September, we highlighted a driver with 42 points on their licence and we were told that more would be done to address the issue.
"Incredibly, we now have someone driving with 45 points.
"DVLA must rapidly overall their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined."
He went on: "Any suggestion that some drivers may be able to speed with impunity and then talk themselves out of a ban puts our whole approach to enforcement into question.
"The police and the motoring public need to have confidence that those caught speeding or breaking other motoring laws will be dealt with equally."
Laura Woods, spokesperson for road safety charity Brake told Sky News: "It is appalling that people who commit offence after offence, racking up so many points, are allowed to keep driving.
"Drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws have shown complete disregard for the lives of other road users.
"They have also had ample opportunity to desist breaking the law before reaching 12 points and facing disqualification.
"Brake is calling for all drivers who clock up 12 points to be automatically disqualified.
"Allowing these dangerous and irresponsible drivers to stay on the road puts innocent members of the public in danger and makes a mockery of the system."
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