Safety charity urges closure of learners' penalty point 'loophole'

Post date: Aug 16, 2019 5:07:28 PM

A leading road safety charity has called on the government to close a loophole in the law that allows learner drivers to amass more points than a newly qualified driver before being banned.

Under present rules, newly qualified drivers will have their licences revoked if they pick up six or more penalty points in the two years following their driving test. However, the law currently allows learner drivers to retain their licences despite collecting more than six points. In fact, learners can hold up to 11 points, and those who pass their tests with this number of points will only be banned if they receive more points after they qualify.