Britain’s Worst Drivers

12 Nov 2019 by Sam Bisby

We’re all aware that being caught committing an offence behind the wheel can lead to points on our licence, but what you may not have realised is just how many points Britain’s worst drivers have managed to rack up.

There are currently around 10,000 drivers still behind the wheel despite having breached the 12-point driving ban threshold and Department for Transport figures indicate of those, 261 have a huge 20 or more points.

Britain’s worst drivers

Britain’s worst driver still on the road, is an unnamed man from Bradford. He has 78 points on his licence, all of which have been racked up over four years.

The second worst offender still driving, is a 48-year-old man from Faversham Kent, who has 66 points.

Britain’s worst female driver is a 33-year-old from Burnley who has 49 points.

The youngest person with a mass of points is a 17-year-old, who has clocked 19 points in less than a year of driving.

The oldest repeat offender is an 81-year-old woman, who is still driving despite having 25 points on her licence.

police car

Penalty Points

Penalty points can be received for numerous motoring transgressions.

Minor offences usually result in three points and stay live on your licence for three years but, remain on your licence for four years.

Serious offences (drink or drug driving, causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and causing death by careless driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis) not only results in higher penalty points, but the points also stay on your licence for longer; being live for ten years and remaining on your licence for 11 years.

Currently, the highest number of points given for a single offence is 11.

So how can a driver still drive if they have more than 12 points on their licence?

Drivers may be able to drive when over the 12-point ban threshold for a couple of reasons:

  • they can prove to a judge that they will face ‘exceptional hardship’ if they were to lose their licence
  • the driver or a member of their family will be seriously affected by a driving ban
drink driver slumped over the steering wheel

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis has said:

“On the face of it, the thought of somebody still being allowed to drive after accumulating 78 penalty points for poor driving is truly horrifying. And it suggests some drivers are repeatedly breaking the law – perhaps being caught by multiple speed cameras. But it’s the case that these drivers can escape a driving ban if they can prove to magistrates that by having one would lead to ‘exceptional hardship’.’

The road safety charity Brake is campaigning for the Government to block this loophole in order to protect people on the road. 

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