It is the latest ruse on the roads of France: drivers are avoiding
disqualification by trading licence points on the internet. Complete strangers are taking the rap for speeding offences in return for up
to €1,500 (Â£1,000), and police admit they are powerless to intervene. Even
pensioners who have not driven for many years are getting in on the act.
The market is growing:
French officials were unable to estimate the scale of points fiddling. Across
the border in Spain, the Autopista.es
online motoring site, estimates the black market in points there is worth
€30 million a month.
One seller explains he does abide by ethical standards:
“I don’t have a bad conscience,” he [the seller] told le Parisien. “I only offer my
services to people with small excesses of speed. And I always ask to see a
copy of the ticket. I would never sell my points to a road hog.”
Here is the full explanation. The pointer is from Kurt Muehmel.