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Drivers with ‘three or six points’ on their license are warned

Drivers with ‘three or six points’ on their license are warned

The number of drivers with penalty points on their licence has reached a record high. There are more than 50 million drivers in the UK and many have penalty points on their licence, risking legal action and having to surrender their licences to the DVLA and DVSA.

Greg Wilson, CEO and car insurance expert at Quotezone.co.uk explained that penalty points are intended to deter drivers from dangerous driving. The more serious the driving offence, “the more points a driver will receive,” Mr Wilson said.




He also warned that the most common offences were speeding, drink-driving and using a mobile phone while driving. Mr Wilson added: “It only takes a moment to become distracted or lose concentration, but this cannot happen behind the wheel, drivers need to be alert to the dangers and cautious of all other road users.

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“Each conviction including a penalty point is also likely to increase car insurance premiums by five per cent for three points and 25 per cent for six points.” Regions in the North of England had the highest number of drivers with points on their licences.

Yorkshire came out on top in the UK with 7.8 per cent of drivers in the region having penalty points. Drivers in South West Yorkshire came in second place as having the most penalty points with approximately 6.30 per cent of all drivers having accumulated points.

Courts can fine you and “endorse” your driving record with penalty points if you are convicted of a traffic offence, the government explains on its Gov.uk website. Endorsements must remain on your driving record for either 4 or 11 years, it says.

It depends on the offence. You can be disqualified from driving if you accumulate 12 or more penalty points in a 3-year period, but there are different rules for new drivers.