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A woman from Isleworth is still in possession of her driving licence, despite getting 42 points last year.

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The unnamed motorist got all her points for failing to disclose the identity of the driver between May 26 and December 21, statistics from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) showed.

Drivers can be banned if they accumulate 12 points on their licence over a three-year period.

The IAM said the second-highest points total - 36 - for a person still driving went to a man from Warrington, Cheshire, who was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks between February and March last year.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “The IAM has no sympathy for owners who refuse to reveal the identity of the driver, and we would welcome an urgent consultation on new ways to deal with this problem.

“Drivers must expect that 12 points means a ban or the whole system falls into disrepute.”

A spokesman for HM Courts & Tribunals Service said: “The vast majority of drivers who get 12 or more penalty points are fined and disqualified from driving.

“Magistrates can use their discretion to not enforce a driving ban if doing so would cause exceptional hardship, such as losing a job or the ability to care for a dependant. A fine will still be enforced

“Only a very small number of cases are affected by the data-sharing issue and we are working closely with DVLA to improve this.”

A DVLA spokesman said: “The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.”

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