Dozens of motorists in West Lindsey have enough points on their licence to trigger a ban

West Lindsey has dozens of drivers still on the roads who have enough penalties on their licenses to trigger a ban – including one with a whopping 21 points.
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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it was concerning that drivers with 12 points or more were still allowed on the roads.

If a driver reaches this threshold they face a disqualification of at least six months, unless the court accepts that ‘exceptional hardship’, such as the loss of a job, would be caused. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data shows this applied to 69 drivers with a West Lindsey postcode in March.

And there were almost 11,000 such drivers across Great Britain – though this was a four per cent drop on the same point last year.

West Lindsey has dozens of drivers still on the roads who have enough points on their licenses to trigger a banWest Lindsey has dozens of drivers still on the roads who have enough points on their licenses to trigger a ban
West Lindsey has dozens of drivers still on the roads who have enough points on their licenses to trigger a ban

In West Lindsey, one drivers had at least 20 points, with one managing to rack up 21.

The data is recorded by postcode district, so some drivers could live just across the border in neighbouring local authority areas.

Safety charity Rospa said it was concerned that there are so many drivers with speeding convictions in the country.

Nick Lloyd, the organisation's head of road safety, added: “More concerning is that a proportion of these drivers, despite having accumulated 12 points or more on their license, are still on our roads.

"Unfortunately some drivers either intentionally or unintentionally drive above the speed limit, thereby placing themselves, their passengers and other road users in danger."

The DVLA figures show there are 171,092 drivers with full or provisional licenses in West Lindsey, with a combined 57,331 points between them. Road safety charity Brake said the law should be used to its fullest extent when dealing with “selfish” speeders.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns, said: "There is no justification for travelling over the speed limit, especially as people should still be minimising their journeys in lockdown. It is extremely important that all drivers recognise that speed limits exist to help save lives and that any crash add burden to our stretched emergency services and NHS.”

The Sentencing Council concluded a consultation on driving offences disqualifications, with revised guidelines to be published later this year.