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2 November 2008

South West 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 and drivers in the South West are no exception.

With unemployment figures at an eight year high, recession looming and Christmas just around the corner, the new poll by Autoglass reveals a growing trend in South West drivers accepting someone else’s penalty points in a bid to earn extra money. More than one in 10 (15%) motorists in the South West 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.

A significant 25% of 17 and 18-year-olds in the South West who face losing their licence if they accumulate six points within a two year period, have admitted to already swapping points. The research also reveals men are twice as likely as women to swap their points- 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, with mum and dad being the person most likely to take their son’s points.

The results also confirmed that drivers in the South West and East Anglia 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.

Regions rated by honesty (most honest through to most dishonest) :
1. Scotland
2. North East
3. South East
4. Wales
5. Yorkshire and the Humber
6. West Midlands
7. North West
8. East Midlands
9. London
10. East Anglia
11. South West

Nigel Doggett, managing director of Autoglass says: “According to our new poll, 6% of Britain’s 35m licence holders – 2.1m drivers – admit to illegally swapping points with friends and family, providing an interesting snapshot into how point swapping is on the increase. It shows how, in a bid to avoid losing 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 www.Autoglass.co.uk.

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