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August 31, 2011

6% of British drivers would swap penalty points

by Richard Kilner

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New research from LV= car insurance has found that 6% of British drivers would take penalty points for someone else.

Many UK licence holders (3,823,544) already have points, with 82% of points being handed out for speeding.

Speeding warrants between three and 12 points, and should 12 be accumulated by a driver then they are usually banned from driving altogether.

Two-thirds of those willing to take points for another said that they would take points to prevent a friend from being disqualified.

Lying to police and taking penalty points for someone else are both illegal, and will prove more difficult as a new police speeding camera records both a vehicle’s speed and the driver’s face.

John O’Roarke, MD of LV= car insurance, warned that it was easy for the police to match photos (using DVLA information) and ascertain whether the person taking points is the vehicle’s driver.


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