Totting up ban for 12 points or more
Being found guilty of a driving offence with nine or more penalty points on your licence can result in a lengthy driving ban. This can cause incredible disruption to your life as it might mean you lose your job or way of making a living. It is important to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible if you are worried about totting up.
The driving offence team at Burton Copeland has helped many drivers avoid disqualifications and protect their interests by providing evidence of exceptional hardship. To discuss how your licence can be protected, allowing you to continue driving, contact us on 0161 827 9500 . Alternatively, fill in our online form and let us know a convenient time to get in touch with you.
What happens when you acquire more than 12 penalty points?
If you acquire 12 or more penalty points on your licence, under the provision of Section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, the court must order a driving ban for no less than six months. Certain factors will play a part in deciding the length of a disqualification and include:
- Six months for no previous disqualifications
- One year if you have been disqualified in the last three years
- Two years or more if you have had more than one disqualification in the last three years
However, a court will take into account certain circumstances that result in hardship suffered by you or anyone associated with you.
How can I avoid punishment?
Exceptional hardship can be used in arguments to protect your licence, and we have presented many cases that have resulted in some remarkable outcomes. Examples of exceptional hardship include:
- Restricted mobility for drivers with severe health problems
- Inability to perform a senior manager role, resulting in instability for employees
- Working in a job that has a high level of importance to the health and safety of the public, including the police, the fire brigade and ambulance service
- Loss of employment, is supported by a strong argument
A strong argument for exceptional hardship is made up of providing facts and other supporting evidence that proves taking away your licence will have a very negative consequence on yours or another’s life. If an argument is established to the court’s satisfaction, your licence could effectively be wiped clean, despite the totting up.
Why choose us?
Our lawyers will give you the best chance of saving your licence by leaving no stone unturned when it comes to building a case for exceptional hardship. We will listen to your side of the story, work together to determine how a disqualification will affect you and gather evidence to back this up.
The team provides advice and guidance that is easy to understand and will reassure you about your future. We provide regular updates on your case and are available at any point during proceedings should you have any questions that need answering.
Contact us today
If you have nine or more penalty points and are worried that you may be disqualified because of a new offence. Get in touch with us either by calling us on 0161 827 9500 or by filling in our online form.