- Business transport offences
- Careless driving
- Dangerous driving
- Drink driving/excess alcohol
- Drunk in charge
- Exceptional hardship
- Mobile phone use
- Notices of intended prosecution
- Penalty points/totting up
- Remove disqualification
- Special reasons
- Speed cameras and furnishing information
- Traffic light offences
Totting up Advice - Penalty Points Offences
If you incur 12 or more penalty point within a period of 3 years, you would be liable to be disqualified under the totting-up provisions.
It may be possible to persuade the Court not to disqualify you if it can be established that there is exceptional hardship.
In those cases were a guilty plea is being entered, it is important to try and persuade the Court to impose as few points as possible and a careful and skilful plea in mitigation can play a vital part in this.
Under the provisions of the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995, if you reach 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence within 2 years of passing your first driving test i.e. during the probationary period, your driving licence will be revoked. The DVLA will automatically revoke your licence when notified by the Court of a fixed penalty offence. See exception hardship.
To regain your full licence you must follow the same procedure as a first time applicant.
For more information about how to save your licence, see Exceptional Hardship.
Short period disqualifications can be imposed for a period of up to 56 days. They are often imposed in serious speeding cases. In so far as such disqualification means that no points are endorsed on your licence, the Courts may be persuaded to impose them as an alternative to endorsing 6 points, which in the case of drivers who have already had 6 points on their licence, could lead to a disqualification of at least 6 months or at least 12 months in certain cases where drivers have been disqualified before under the totting-up provisions.
Skilful care and advocacy can help you to decide upon which option you would prefer the Court to take and thereafterwards persuade the Court to adopt that course.