What’s the points?

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THREE Wigan motorists are driving with a staggering 18 points on their licences, and 46 have 12 points or more, new figures have revealed.

The information was obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the Wigan Evening Post.

The request found that there are currently 46 people in Wigan Borough who have 12 or more points on their licences, but they, too, have not been banned from driving.

Twelve points usually means a temporary ban for a driver, but courts can use their discretion if motorists argue that a ban would cause them “exceptional hardship”.

The statistics revealed that 32 people in the borough currently have 12 points on their licence who are still on the road. Three people have 13 points, four with 14, three with 15 points and one with 17 points. Across Greater Manchester there are some 600 drivers still driving with 12 points or more.

The DVLA said it has no influence over the sentences imposed. A spokesman said: “Whilst DVLA maintains a record of all GB fixed penalties and court ordered endorsements, the agency has no responsibility or influence on court imposed sentences.

“Magistrates’ courts use sentencing guidelines published by The Magistrates’ Association that provide a framework setting out how to establish the seriousness of each case, and the most appropriate way of dealing with it.

“This helps ensure that any penalty reflects the seriousness of the offence and the personal circumstances of the offender.”

The charity Road Peace described the figures as “shocking”, and called for courts to give tougher penalties to those repeatedly committing driving offences.

David Midmer from the charity said: “If we had 12 points and that was it, you lose your licence, and we stuck to that for everybody, then clearly that would be the point where they learnt their lesson.

“When you are allowed to go beyond that, for whatever reason, I think it makes a mockery of the whole point.”

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