Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed that almost 300 drivers with 12 points or more on their record are still behind the wheel on Scotland’s roads as he called for an examination of whether persistent offenders are being properly dealt with.
Freedom of information requests submitted by Scottish Liberal Democrats to the DVLA reveal that:
• 229,064 drivers in Scotland currently have points on their licence.
• 276 drivers currently still on the road have 12 or more points on their licence.
• The highest number of points held by a single (still eligible) driver is 20.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Rumbles said:
“Almost 300 drivers with 12 points or more on their record are still on Scotland’s roads.
“For the safety of everyone driving home for Christmas it’s important that repeat offenders and wild drivers are kept off the roads.
“It’s possible that there are mitigating factors in some cases which justify these drivers hanging on to their right to drive. But let’s be honest, if you have racked up a dozen points you’re probably a bad driver.
“The UK and Scottish Governments should examine whether the right systems are in place to put the brakes on problem drivers.”