A South Tyneside motorist is believed to still be on the roads despite clocking up an incredible 39 penalty points, road safty campaigners claim.
The man, who is from the Boldon area, is one of just six drivers in the UK on that staggering number of points - or more.
Incredibly, he is not alone in the borough in escaping a ban after hitting the 12 penalty point limit within a three-year period – the total that triggers disqualification.
In the South Tyneside postcode area, the driver is one of 32 to have hit or exceeded the limit but may still be legally using their motors.
Latest statistics from the DVLA show 21 have 12 points, five 13 points, one 14 points, four 15 points and one 16 points.
All would have faced magistrates to plead their case, but it is not known how they avoided disqualification.
The decision to allow them to carry on driving – taken by the courts – was slammed by road safety charity Brake.
Director of Campaigns Jason Wakeford, said: “Allowing dangerous drivers to stay on the road makes a total mockery of the points system.
“These are irresponsible individuals who have shown disregard for the law and the lives of other road users, time after time.
“People who clock up over 12 points should face an automatic ban - there needs to be a clear message that dangerous driving will not be tolerated.”
The Crown Prosecution Service said a decision to allow someone to drive after reaching the points ban tally was judicial rather than one taken by its prosecutors.
A spokesman said there could be special or extenuating circumstances why it was allowed.
The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, which represents England’s courts service, said it could not comment on the sentences given by a magistrate in a specific case.
But a spokesman said: “Sentencing is specific to the circumstances of each individual case following the relevant sentencing guidance.”
Around 10,000 motorists nationally are believed to still be driving legally after totting up 12 points or more.
Three other drivers – from Wigan, Brentford, in west London, and Dagenham, in east London - have 39 points.
The worst offender is an Oxfordshire motorist with 52 points, while a driver from Basildon, Essex, has 42 points.
Figures from the DVLA, the UK’s driving licensing agency, show another eight South Tyneside drivers are just one point from a possible ban.
In all, 4,435 have three points, 1,165 six points and 195 nine points.
A further 164 motorists have an assortment of points between four and 10.
The most drivers with points – 1,529 – live in the NE34 South Shields postcode area.
A further 1,451 live in the SR6 postcode, which includes Cleadon, Whitburn and parts of Sunderland.