More than 191,000 penalty-point notices were issued to drivers last year.

It's an increase of over 14,000 on 2018.

The figures have been released by the Department of Transport under the Freedom of Information Act.

191,104 penalty point notices were issued to drivers in 2019 - up 8 per cent on the year before.

64 per cent of them related to speeding. 

The number of notices issued for this offence rose by 10 per cent, to nearly 123,000.

More than 27,000 notices were issued for holding a mobile phone while driving - up 3 per cent on 2018.

There has also been an increasing number of people punished for driving without an NCT cert.

More than 6,500 notices were issued for this offence last year - a rise of 15 per cent.

Another common offence is driving with no insurance - more than 4,300 notices were issued for that last year.

In total, just over 11,500 people were disqualified from driving last year - which is almost exactly the same as 2018.

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