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20 October 2008

UK Motorists hide behind family and friends in bid to avoid speeding points

- Growing trend in point swapping
- Male motorists run to mum and dad to take their points
- A quarter of 17 and 18-year-olds have already traded their points to save their licence or keep insurance costs down

It seems millions of UK motorists are prepared to break the law to avoid speeding penalty points.

According to a new poll, 6% of Britain’s 35m licence holders – 2.1m drivers – admit to illegally swapping points with friends and family (research conducted in 2007 by Churchill found just 1.5% of motorists said they had swapped points with someone). This rises to 25% of 17 and 18 year olds who face losing their licence if they accumulate six points within a two year period, according to the Autoglass survey published today. The research also reveals men are twice as likely as women to swap their points, with mum and dad being the person most likely to take their son’s points.

With unemployment figures at an eight year high, recession looming and Christmas just around the corner, the Autoglass research also reveals a growing trend in accepting someone else’s penalty points in a bid to earn extra money. More than one in 10 (13%) motorists say they would take on someone’s points for cash and of these, three quarters (73%) say they are more willing to break the law by taking points for money than they were 12 months ago.

As with all aspects of driving the research shows that men and women have completely different ideas when it comes to illegal point swopping - only one in ten women would take someone else’s points or try and pay someone off to take theirs but this doubles to two in ten male drivers.

The statistics show a third (33%) of men would ignore their friends or colleagues and prefer to run back to mum and dad to off load points to save loosing their licence, whereas 31% of women would turn to their boyfriend or husband for illegal help.

The results also confirmed that drivers in the South West and London are the most dishonest with 15% of drivers who would consider taking someone else’s points in return for cash, while motorists in Scotland are the least likely to take money for points.

Nigel Doggett, managing director of Autoglass says: “Our survey provides an interesting snapshot into how point swapping is on the increase. It shows how, in a bid to avoid loosing their licence or in the case of younger drivers to lower insurance premiums, some motorists are willing to break the law. This must be bad news for road safety because many motorists who by law should have lost their licence are still driving on the country’s roads and so needs to be taken very seriously.”

Autoglass is committed to campaigns that help raise awareness for motorists about the importance of driving safely. With 109 branches nationwide and 1,200 mobile service units, Autoglass is the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service. For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit

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