FORTY drivers in the Balearics have lost their licences since the introduction of the penalty points system.
Drivers are allowed to lose up to 12 points under the system that was introduced two years ago.
The 40 drivers who lost all 12 points have to retake their driving test, including the theory exam, before they are issued with a new licence.
Having passed the test, they will be allowed only eight points on their new licence for the next two years. At the end of that period, if they commit no further infraction, they will go back to having 12 points.

A total of 123 drivers in the Balearics have lost all 12 points over the last two years but the remainder are awaiting the resolution of appeals.
Since the introduction of the new system, a total of 21'738 drivers have lost 41'307 points in the Balearics.
The number of points you lose depends on the gravity of the infraction.
There have been 12'500 proceedings since 2006. The most common infractions are drink/driving, speeding, driving without a seatbelt or using a mobile at the wheel.

Between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2008, 1'700 drivers have lost their licence under the new system throughout Spain.
Central Government says that the introduction of the system has resulted in a decrease in accidents on the country's roads.
However, nearly half of all those killed in road accidents in the Balearics were not wearing a seat belt or helmet.


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