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100,000 drivers are one offence away from driving ban

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Almost 100,000 drivers have nine, 10 or 11 penalty points on their driving licence, according to the latest Government data.

It means that many could reach the 12-point threshold for a driving ban with just one offence.

The latest figure (97,187) is an increase on the 92,000 that were identified as being ‘at risk’ of a ban by IAM Roadsmart, in April.

Licence Bureau is warning companies that failure to regularly check drivers’ licences could potentially result in driver shortfalls, or worse risk drivers on fleets who should not be driving.

The company has carried out more than 830,000 licence checks on behalf of clients over the last 12 months, of which 5,000 checks picked up active drivers within the workforce who should not have been on the road.

These invalid drivers had issues ranging from driving while disqualified, to provisional licence holders, drivers with revoked licences, non-GB licence holders with endorsements, and expired or voluntarily surrendered licences.  

Andy Wheeler commented “These latest figures make for sobering reading for fleet managers, as even for companies that are actively engaged in trying to manage their driver risk compliance, they show there is a one in 166 chance that an employed driver on the road today should not be driving.

“For companies who are not actively managing their risk, these figures could be significantly higher, with potential consequences not just for compliance but also for a diminished workforce should these drivers be removed from the roads in any large numbers.”

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