Wigan motorist with 39 points may still be driving

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A WIGAN driver who has racked up 39 licence points may still be on the road, shocking new research has shown.

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to the DVLA revealed the motorist from the borough has been found guilty of 13 counts of speeding while at the wheel of a goods vehicle.

However, it is not clear if the driver, who has the fourth-highest number of points of any licence holder in Britain, has actually been disqualified.

The figures were revealed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which discovered 13 people currently have 28 points or more on their licences and the number of drivers with 12 or more points went up by nine per cent between March and October 2015.

The organisation is now calling for consistency to ensure that those who persistently flout traffic law are less likely to be allowed to carry on driving by the courts.

IAM chief executive officer Sarah Sillars said: “The IAM has been highlighting this issue for several years now and we appreciate that the flow of information between the DVLA and the courts is slowly improving, which will allow the courts to make better decisions while armed with the full facts.

“However these improvements cannot come quickly enough to deliver a truly joined-up approach to the judicial process.

“Individual courts making decision on prosecutions can lead to inconsistency in how the law is applied which risks devaluing the simple ‘12 points and you’re out’ road safety message. If the public sees that persistent offenders are getting away with it, they may believe that road traffic rules designed for their safety are ineffective or unimportant.”

The number of people eligible for a driving ban having gained 12 or more points stood at 7,517 last October.

Replying to an IAM request on whether the most-penalised drivers were still on the road, a DVLA spokesman said: “In a small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points, a court can exercise its discretion and not disqualify the driver. In the majority of these cases, magistrates may have decided to allow drivers to retain their entitlement to drive where it is considered disqualification would cause exceptional