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Fifth of Drivers Taking Points for Others

Posted in General News on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

According to a recent survey of 2,000 drivers commissioned by Co-op Insurance one in five drivers admit to accepting penalty points for another driver. Out of these people 49% said that they had done this for their partner. The survey revealed that 28% of men have accepted points for somebody else as opposed to just 10% of women. The most common reasons for someone to do this included; helping another motorist avoid a driving ban, knowing that it would not change their insurance premium as much as it would for the person who had committed the offence, and getting paid for it, with the average financial gain being £220. People who accept points on their driving licence for an offence committed by somebody else face prosecution for perverting the course of justice. One of the most famous cases of this to-date came five years ago when Former Cabinet Minister, Chris Huhne, and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were jailed for eight months because Pryce had accepted penalty points on Huhne’s behalf when he was caught speeding back in 2003. Co-op Head of Motor Insurance, Nick Ansley, commented: “It’s surprising and quite concerning that a fifth of motorists have taken penalty points for someone else. We want to ensure people are safe on the roads and whilst some drivers may think they’re helping out another, by swapping penalty points, they’re putting themselves and others at risk.”

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Monday, July, 2nd, 2018

any offence apart from maybe drink driving involving a car is not seen as a real crime its just seen as a victimless crime until they are caught then they see themselves as the victim not the perpetrator of a crime so it is something to get out of to stop themselves from being victimised its the same as a parent insuring a car for the child who has just passed the driving test which the parent will probably never drive until the mind set is changed these offences will continue it needs to be seen as a shameful thing that is not acceptable not a harmless thing which nobody really cares about so whats the harm ?