26 July 2017

Drivers Exceeding 12 Penalty Points in Northumberland

There are 39 Northumberland drivers currently on the roads, despite having more than 12 active penalty points on their licences.

The driver with the highest number of penalty points lives in the Ashington area. That individual currently has 23 penalty points on their licence, for six separate offences of exceeding the speed limit in a 30 mph zone.

The DVLA explains that some of the drivers concerned may have previously been disqualified by the court, but have successfully reapplied for their (still endorsed) driving licences at the end of the disqualification period.

The Agency also points out that courts have the discretion to allow a driver to keep their licence when they would ordinarily receive a disqualification under the "totting up" rules.

Two drivers, each with 14 active penalty points, are currently on the roads despite having multiple convictions for driving without insurance.

The full text of our request appears below:

Public Authority:
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Their Reference Number:

Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 16th July 2017):
Dear DVLA,

I am making this request in accordance with section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide the following information for non-disqualified driving licence holders with an address in the county of Northumberland:
1. The number of those drivers with their driving licence endorsed with 12 or more penalty points.
2. For each of the ten drivers with the most penalty points:
(a) The type of licence held (e.g. full or provisional).
(b) The categories of vehicles their driving licence covers.
(c) The partial postcode of their address (e.g. the post town will do).
(d) The number of penalty points held.
(e) The codes of the offences leading to those penalty points.

In accordance with section 11 of the Act, please provide your response in electronic format to the return email address associated with this request.

Many thanks for your assistance with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

On behalf of FOI By Proxy

Response by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (received 25th July 2017):
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency provided all of the information requested. The Agency is to be commended for the prompt and efficient manner in which it handled our request for information.

Supporting Material:
You can view Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's disclosure documents here and here.

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