Scotland’s award winning personal injury firm and road safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors, has backed calls from road safety charity Brake for the UK Government to get tough on dangerous drivers after figures reveal drivers with as many as 30 points on their license are still allowed on the road.
Figures released by the charity from the DVLA showed there are five drivers with 30 points still on the roads and a staggering 10,072 with 12 points or more who have avoided having their licences revoked.
According to reports, three drivers from Scotland had 26 points on their license – two from Edinburgh and one from Motherwell – receiving points for offences like speeding and using their mobile phones while driving.
While drivers should be expecting a ban of at least six months for 12 points on their license, a large number are getting away with it by pleading that disqualification would cause “exceptional hardship”.
Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and expert in road traffic accident cases, Glen Millar, said:
“These figures are staggering. More definitely needs to be done to crackdown on dangerous drivers in this country.
“With these kinds of points on your license you clearly have a disregard for the rules of the road and should not be driving. There are rules in place to that effect and the government really needs to find ways of making sure that these rules are better respected.
“At Thompsons Solicitors we see first hand the impact that dangerous driving has on people. It can turn your life upside down and tear families apart.
“Our expert solicitors do everything to get the maximum redress in the shortest possible time for the people affected by road traffic accidents so that they can try and get their lives back on track, but everything must be done to avoid the tragic incidents we see on our roads almost every day.”