More than 60 drivers across Watford, Hertsmere, St Albans, and Three Rivers have racked up enough penalty points on their drivers' license to trigger a ban.

Data released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) this month shows as of March, nearly 11,000 drivers across the UK have 12 or more points on their license.

This includes a St Albans based driver who has 30 points - although this is some way off a 41-year-old female driver from Brighton who has 68 points - the most in the country.

The DVLA data is collated by postcode district and shows there are 22 drivers in Hertsmere, 21 across Watford and Three Rivers, and 21 across St Albans district, with 12 or more points on their license.

Drivers can pick up points for a variety of offences, for example speeding, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says it is "concerning" that drivers with 12 points or more are still allowed on the roads.

If a driver reaches this threshold they face a disqualification of at least six months, unless the court accepts that 'exceptional hardship', such as job loss, would be caused.

Safety charity Rospa said it was concerned that there are so many drivers with speeding convictions in the country.

Nick Lloyd, the organisation's head of road safety, added: "More concerning is that a proportion of these drivers, despite having accumulated 12 points or more on their licence, are still on our roads.

"Unfortunately some drivers either intentionally or unintentionally drive above the speed limit, thereby placing themselves, their passengers and other road users in danger."

The Sentencing Council recently concluded a consultation on driving offences disqualifications, with revised guidelines set to be published later this year.

Chairman Lord Justice Holroyde said: “The council is aware of public concern that offenders who have incurred 12 penalty points or more are not always disqualified from driving.

"There are legitimate reasons why this might happen. The law allows for such a disqualification to be avoided or reduced for reasons of exceptional hardship."

A Government spokesman said: "Speeding puts the lives of drivers and others at risk, putting needless pressure on our emergency services which should be focused on helping the nation battle Covid-19.

"The presence of a valid driving entitlement does not mean that all individuals are actively driving in the UK, and these statistics include cases where drivers have rightly been punished for the breaking the law, and have received court sentences including disqualification, supervision orders, community orders or imprisonment."