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Driving: Licensing

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to alert the (a) police and (b) other relevant authorities to novice drivers who lose their licence having accumulated six penalty points and do not pass another driving test, but continue to have vehicles registered in their names. (232713)

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: Where a driver has driving entitlement revoked under the provisions of the New Drivers Act they must surrender their full licence and the revocation is recorded on the drivers' database. The police have full access to the data, at all hours and at the roadside.

The registered keeper of a vehicle is responsible for taxing the vehicle and for ensuring the registration details are kept up to date, but there is no requirement that they hold a driving licence. However, the police have full access to a vehicles' data, including the details of the registered keeper, at all hours and at the roadside.