A leading traffic lawyer has said that the Government should now act to stop
drivers who have a “ridiculously” high number of penalty points on their licence from legally staying on the roads.
Nick Freeman said the time has now come for a review of legislation which gives motorists one more chance of avoiding disqualification for six months, if they can prove this would result in “exceptional hardship”.
It was always intended by Parliament that exceptional hardship should only be advanced once in a three year period. However the ingenious legal mind has successfully argued that different forms of exceptional hardships are permissible, which in itself has defeated Parliaments intensions.
This, said Mr Freeman, is the reason why there are some drivers with in excess of 30 points on their driving licence.
Mr Freeman said: “Exceptional hardship was introduced in Section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.
“I believe that motorists should only be allowed to argue one exceptional hardship once in a three year period.
“The time has come for the Government to act and amend the legislation accordingly. “
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, 0161 236 7007
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760