A driver who had originally been allowed to keep his licence after receiving 54 points has finally been banned from driving. Keith Baldock has been banned from driving for 3 years, not from another driving offence but for breaching a community order.
The previously banned driver was given 30 points last november for driving without insurance however the judge was unaware Baldock already had 24 points on his licence and had allowed him to continue driving for work purposes.
The judge told the courts the court: “I am making no order for disqualification because if he is looking for work he will need a car.”
Driving bans usually are put in place when a driver incurs 12 penalty points however once the mistake was found by the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency, a judge ruled it was too late and Baldock was allowed to continue driving.
Baldock received the 3 year ban when he was ordered to court for breaching a community order after stealing £500 worth of fuel. He was also jailed for 18 months for being seen drunk with a child and carrying a knife.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists are calling for changes to be made to the system after last year it was found a man from Liverpool was still on the road despite having 45 points on his licence.
Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said last year: “The DVLA must rapidly overhaul their systems and working relationships with the courts to ensure that the whole principle of 12 points and you are off the road is not undermined.”
Drivers are given a 6 month driving ban for occurring 12 points in a 3 year period and can receive instant driving bans for offences such as dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Receiving a ban is at the discretion of the courts who may allow someone to continue to drive for reasons unique to that particular case.
A spokesman for the DVLA wouldn’t comment on Baldock’s case but said “I can confirm that we routinely contact courts when notified that a driver has accumulated more than 12 points but has not been disqualified from driving.”