This week’s exclusive Telegraph report revealing there are motorists on the county roads with up to 23 penalty points on their driving licences will come as a surprise to many of us.
There is a natural assumption that when you get to 12 points you lose your licence.
That is what most of us would expect to happen if we admit or are found guilty of motoring offences such as speeding, driving without insurance or not having the appropriate licence in the first place.
So, why are the courts allowing people who have totted up as many as 23 points to continue driving?
Remember, to get to such a level a driver must have first topped 12 penalty points, been allowed to keep their licence by a court and then gone on to commit further offences. So although they may have proved “exceptional hardship” to the satsifaction of the courts they have still knowingly commited more offences.
Where and when will the courts draw the line?
Can people who claim that a driving ban unduly impacts on others just go on committing ofences with impunity?
The law should be applied equally to everyone, which is clearly not being done at present.
Innocent people should not suffer from the actions of others, but many of those who continue to offend clearly have no respect for the law.
And why should they when it is not applied to them in the same way as others. Neil Pickford, Editor