Totting up licence points is one of the most common reasons for driving disqualifications. Whilst a 3 point penalty may seem rather minimal at the time, those points can easily add up and cause you to have your licence revoked.
Totting up points basically means acquiring a number of points on your licence over time. Unlike drink driving convictions which can result in an immediate mandatory disqualification, totting up points involves a number of small offences being committed within a three year period.
If you are unfortunate enough to accumulate 12 penalty points on your driving licence within a 3 year period then the starting point for a Court is to disqualify you from driving for a period of 6 months up to 2 years depending on whether you have similar disqualifications in the past. The only way to prevent this from happening is to raise exceptional hardship in Court. For a lay person who has no experience of defending in court, the chances of winning such a case are incredibly low. That‘s why it’s essential that you seek professional defence from an experienced driving solicitor, like Gray and Co.
If you’re a new driver within the first two years of passing your test, then the process works a little differently for you. If you establish 6 or more penalty points during your ‘probationary’ period then you will risk having your licence revoked meaning you will have to re-take your test before you can apply for your licence back.
If you didn’t know about the conviction until it was too late then you need to speak to a solicitor here at Gray & Co and we can advise you how to set aside the conviction to prevent your licence being revoked.
Here at Gray and Co, we also deal with new drivers who are facing a revocation of their licence and use our specialist knowledge to help you keep your licence. Use our online contact form or give us a call for case specific legal advice.
Contesting Driving Bans
Here at Gray and Co Solicitors we know just how distressing facing a driving ban can be. If you find yourself in this or a similar position there is a way of avoiding a disqualification which we can help you with.
An argument known as Exceptional Hardship can be used to prevent a disqualification under the totting up procedure. To be successful you need to show that a driving ban will cause more suffering to yourself and those around you than would normally be expected. This is a hard test to overcome with the Court which is why specialist advice is so important. To find out if the Exceptional Hardship argument can work for you then give us a call and refer to our dedicated Exceptional Hardship page for more in-depth information on the argument.