500 motorists caught driving while disqualified in Cheshire
537 people received points on their licence for the offence between 2015 and 2018 in Cheshire.
The highest number was recorded in 2017, when 158 drivers were caught.
Across the UK, 38,232 people were endorsed for driving while disqualified between 2015 and 2018.
In England and Wales, the maximum sentence a person can receive for driving whilst disqualified is six months imprisonment and a maximum
fine of £5,000.
Any person convicted of driving while disqualified will also receive a driving ban that extends their current driving disqualification or if no disqualification is imposed, six penalty points on their driving licence.
Penalty points for this offence will remain on a person’s driving licence for four years from the date the offence was committed.
RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “It’s clearly good news that the number of people caught driving while disqualified has fallen in the last year. Anyone who does has been banned from the road for a very good reason and could be putting lives at risk as a result. Those involved in collisions with disqualified drivers should not lose out financially as their own insurer should pick up the repair bill and, if not, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which was set up to compensate victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists, will handle it.
“But one thing’s for certain: every incident like this contributes to higher insurance premiums for us all.
“Drivers should also be aware that some insurers, such as the RAC, offer an ‘uninsured driver promise’ which will refund any excess they have to pay if they’re hit by an uninsured driver and weren’t at fault.”