Unruly drivers to be tracked

A computer software system connecting the Transport and Public Order ministries will be operating on a trial basis as of June 3 in a bid to catch motorists that have been dodging penalty points for the last few years. Ministry officials said that driver records would be automatically updated when police enter details of each fine in the system. The software will not allow changes to data that have already been entered in the system, in a bid to prevent ministry employees from tampering with records, Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras said yesterday. Drivers who accrue 25 points will lose their license and have to resit a driving test. Written warnings will be sent to motorists as soon as they reach the 15-point mark. Data previously seen by Kathimerini showed that the lack of a computer system and poor communication between government departments had resulted during the last four years in some 2.5 million drivers holding on to their licenses when they should have been disqualified.

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