About 40% of drivers who have amassed over 12 points on their driving licence escape a ban after pleading that it would cause exceptional hardship; so clearly the points system is not effective in discouraging speeding and promoting safer driving in a fair number of cases (Letters, July 11).
This amounts to around 10,000 drivers in the UK.
The speed limit on motorways should be increased to a realistic 80mph and any driver exceeding 100mph should have their vehicle confiscated and the proceeds used to benefit victims of road crime.
They should receive a mandatory two to three-year driving ban.
There should be a six or nine-points penalty for speeds exceeding 80mph and loss of licence for speeds exceeding 90mph.
Anyone claiming exceptional hardship should have any fine trebled on the grounds of stupidity and gross irresponsibility.
Penalties should be applied irrespective of position or occupation.
R Russell Smith,
96 Milton Road,
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