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Ed Foss, Senior writer
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
One in twenty drivers would be willing to take on penalty points for a friend or relative and a large percentage are not even aware that ‘swapping’ points is against the law.
A suspected 300,000 drivers have accepted penalty points on behalf of someone else in the past decade.
But the roll-out of police video speed guns should make point swapping harder, claim experts.
According to new research from LV= car insurance, two thirds of those prepared to take others’ points would do so to ensure their friend was not disqualified from driving.
Motorists caught speeding can receive three to 12 points per conviction and anyone who has twelve points on their licence is usually banned from driving.
Of those who admitted taking on someone else’s penalty points, 6pc said they were paid to do it.
The research shows that drivers who are prepared to take on someone else’s penalty points feel that it is not a serious motoring crime. Some 4pc believe it is not against the law and one in eight feel that receiving points for speeding is too harsh a punishment for the crime.
Lying to the police and taking on penalty points for another driver is against the law and it should become more difficult to get away with as police forces across the UK trial and roll-out a new video speed gun.
These new speed cameras record a vehicle’s speed and capture the driver on film, which can then be matched against driving licence photos held by the DVLA.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: “Penalty points are designed to deter drivers from repeatedly breaking the law and to penalise those who do.
“Police know that drivers take on points and have direct access to the DVLA data where they can look at anyone’s driving record to compare photos.
“Swapping points is more serious than people realise and it will be much harder for them to get away with it once the new speed cameras are rolled out.”