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Statistics today reveal a shocking majority of motorists still driving even though they have 12 points on their licence.

The latest DVLA figures show that more than 10,000 motorists in the UK are driving despite racking up 12 points or more, due to ‘exceptional' circumstances.

A recent poll revealed that almost 80 per cent of UK drivers don’t believe there should be any exceptions to the rule.

David Williams MBE CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “It is clear that the large majority of law abiding UK drivers are not happy that other motorists are getting away with dodging penalties by claiming ‘exceptional circumstances’.

"Understandably there are certain cases that would warrant an appeal; however recent figures show just how many thousands of people are working the system and being let off.”

David continues: “It is very worrying from a road safety perspective to see how many motorists are still on the roads despite being penalised for dangerous driving, speeding and other traffic offences.

"Road safety is hugely compromised when so many motorists, not worthy of a licence, are still driving. To make our roads as safe as possible, we need to ensure bans and penalties are taken seriously and only in the most exceptional circumstances should drivers be allowed to keep their licence.”