More than 170 motorists in Derbyshire who have racked up enough points to qualify for a ban are still driving on the county’s roads, it can be revealed.
A Freedom of Information request by the Derbyshire Times to the DVLA found that 172 motorists who have 12 or more points on their driving licence are still behind the wheel - including 32 in Chesterfield.
Shockingly, one driver has a staggering 24 points.
Drivers who obtain 12 or more points on their licence within three years can be banned.
Zariaat Masood, spokesperson road safety charity Brake, said: “It is appalling that risky repeat offenders in Derbyshire are being allowed to continue driving with so many points on their licence. These drivers have shown a deeply concerning disregard for the law, and safety of other road users. Allowing these drivers to stay on our roads puts innocent members of the public in danger and makes a mockery of the points system.”
Of the 172 drivers, 163 have full licences and nine have provisional licences.
The statistics show there are 109 motorists in Derbyshire with 12 points, 11 with 13 points, 12 with 14 points, 20 with 15 points, three with 16 points, one with 17 points, four with 18 points, one with 19 points, one with 22 points and one with 24 points.
The figures also give a breakdown of the different areas in Derbyshire which have the most drivers with 12 or more points on their licence.
The areas include 32 drivers in Chesterfield, seven in Matlock, seven in Ilkeston, five in Heanor, four in Buxton, one in Bakewell and one in Belper.
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “The majority of drivers who get 12 penalty points are automatically disqualified.
“In exceptional circumstances, judges and magistrates can use their discretion and decide not to issue a ban.”