One in five drivers have taken points for someone else

Published 04 July 2018

One in five drivers have taken penalty points on their driving licence for someone else with half admitting doing it for their spouse or partner.

According to research by Co-op Insurance, 90 percent did so despite knowing it's illegal, with men more likely to take points for another motorist's offence.

A quarter of those asked said they'd taken points to prevent the other person being banned from driving while 20 percent had done so for money, with the average going rate being £220.

Interestingly, motorists are willing to pay more, with the survey showing drivers offering an average of £500 in exchange for someone else taking points.

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Of the drivers questioned, 17 percent said they had taken points because they felt it was their fault the other driving was speeding. More than a quarter said they had taken points because their insurance was cheap and having more points would not impact them financially.

"It’s surprising and quite concerning that a fifth of motorists have taken penalty points for someone else. Penalty points are in place to deter people from committing motoring offences and to ensure safer driving for all on the roads," said Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at the Co-op.

"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," he added.


JimR    on 9 July 2018

I've taken points because of an error with the camera. I can't be the only one. If we use a flawed system the authorities can't expect drivers to play by the rules.

M C Harvey    on 9 July 2018

JimR: 2 wrongs don't make a right. You can of course appeal regarding a 'camera error'.

Adrian Sangster    on 9 July 2018

Please advise me how a digital camera lies ?

Mr Nexus    on 9 July 2018

All for that. Driving faster than the posted limit is not 'speeding'. Speeding is driving at an inappropriate speed for the road and conditions. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people think that driving above the posted limit is somehow dangerous. If that were the case, all emergency vehicle drivers would be driving dangerously at some point (and they are not better drivers!). Most cameras do little for road safety, with the possible exception of fixed cameras at dangerous locations. The rest is just an excuse to enforce pointless, petty rules for the sake of it (and raise lots of cash too).

barryb    on 9 July 2018

Statistics can be used to prove total rubbish. How many drivers are there on the roads? Millions. How many cases of speeding are registered each year, lots. But surely not one in five of the millions of drivers. How many drivers did the survey cover? Were they all insured with the Co-op?

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