Thousands of dangerous drivers with dozens of penalty points still on the road due to bizarre legal loophole – The Sun
RECKLESS drivers with dozens of penalty points still on the road due to a bizarre legal loophole.
More than 10,000 Brits still hold their licence despite amassing 12 or more points on their licence.
Shockingly, one man has avoided a ban after collecting 66 penalty points, as have another two motorists with 60 points.
Drivers who amass 12 or more points on their licence typically are given a lengthy road ban, as well as hefty fines.
But some drivers are exploiting the system and escaping punishment by successfully arguing in court that it would cause them "exceptional hardship", such as losing their job.
Judges base exceptional hardship on a case-by-case basis, but drivers can dodge a ban by proving it would adversely impact someone who relies on their vehicle.
Other motorists are able to continue driving despite accumulating several speeding convictions by simply ignoring their disqualification notice or re-offending after serving a ban.
Figures obtained by the Daily Mail reveal men are more likely to use the little-known loophole to escape punishment, with almost 9,000 staying off the road.
Seven drivers have a staggering 36 points on their licence, while 17 motorists had 30 points.
The Sentencing Council of England and Wales has proposed introducing stricter guidelines to magistrates who issue driving bans.
Under the changes, drivers who rack up 12 or more penalty points on their licence can only avoid disqualification if it would cause "real and severe hardship".
It comes after a string of celebrities, including actor Steve Coogan, have avoided a driving ban as they successfully argued it would impact their work.
A spokesperson for road safety charity Brake said: "If drivers who rack up 12 points aren't banned, it makes a mockery of the system."
John Bache, a spokesperson for the Magistrates' Association, said: "The process for establishing exceptional hardship is robust and magistrates scrutinise each case very carefully."