A Leeds man has notched up a staggering 28 penalty points – for a raft of road traffic offences – despite not even having a licence.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that the driver has accumulated the points by repeatedly breaking the law.
An analysis of data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) suggests that there are only two other people in the whole of the UK who have racked up more points without actually being qualified.
The worst offender is a Lewisham man who has been found guilty of 12 offences and received 40 points – more than three times the amount that would normally necessitate a driving ban.
IAM chief executive Sarah Sillars said: “We all have to share the road with these unqualified, uninsured and dangerous drivers.
“We need to punish offenders as well as give them the opportunity to change their ways.
“Offenders are unlikely to drive legally if they face a ban or points on their licence as soon as they pass their test.”
Gary Rae, spokesman for the road safety charity Brake, had similar concerns about the situation.
“It is unacceptable that there are drivers still on the road after amassing so many points,” he said.
“They are clearly a danger to other road users and themselves. We’re calling on the courts, the police and DVLA to work together to identify these offenders and take them off our roads.”
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