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Government to close penalty point loophole with central register for licenses

Government to close penalty point loophole with central register for licenses

A radical overhaul of how licences are linked to cars will get rid of the need to record licence numbers in court and will close a loophole which allowed seven out of 10 motorists avoid points.

This loophole has allowed 72 per cent of motorists convicted of penalty point offences between January 2014 and March of this year to avoid points on their license.

20,000 drivers who appeared in court but failed to produce their licences managed to avoid getting any points. 

In order to prevent drivers leaving court with a clean license the new central register will link every vehicle on the road to the driver’s license, which means that those who commit motoring offences will receive their penalty points.

The system will mean that motorists will be required to provide licence details when they purchase a car and every time they transfer ownership.

This will link the vehicle with the driver which will go a long way to help authorities keep track of disqualified drivers. 

If costings can be agreed upon the initiative could be officially announced by the end of the year.