By Ian Lewis
A motorist from Liverpool escaped a driving ban despite chalking up a record 45 penalty points on his licence in the space of just nine months, it has been revealed.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says the case, and others like it, threaten to undermine a system which usually sees drivers temporarily banned from the roads when they accumulate just 12 points during the space of three years.
Following a Freedom of Information Act request, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) told the institute that the motorist received the points for eight offences.
These included either failing to disclose the identity of the driver or speeding themselves between October 2012 and June 2013.
'12 point ban principle must not be undermined'
Simon Best, chief executive at the IAM, 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 overhaul 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.
"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."
Driving without car insurance
The information obtained by the IAM also shows that a man from Warrington in Cheshire is still on the roads despite having totted up 36 points, after being caught driving without car insurance six times in less than a fortnight.
Meanwhile a woman from Lincoln amassed 34 points but is still driving after she was caught speeding three times and failed to give information to identify the driver four times.
It also emerged a woman from Hull escaped disqualification after accumulating 31 points for speeding eight times within just two months.
And a man from Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex had 30 points on his license after being caught speeding six times in only a fortnight.