If you commit a Road Traffic Offence then you are likely to receive penalty points on your driving license. The law states that if you receive 12 or more points on your driving licence for whatever offences you have committed within 3 years. Then you will face a mandatory minimum 6 month driving ban. It makes no difference if you have been caught speeding three times. Or if your 12 points have come from a drink driving offence. You will still encounter a driving ban.
The totting up of points still applies. If you receive 12 or more points on your licence you will be summoned to court and the judge will decide what length of ban to impose on you. This is where the nature of your offences will be taken into account. It is in this very situation that having legal representation may well save your licence and avoid a driving ban completely.
What is a totting up ban?
A totting up ban is when you are automatically disqualified from driving because you have 12 or more points on your licence.
In England and Wales, people who commit motor traffic offences are usually given penalty points. A minor speeding offence carries three penalty points. The most serious offences carry up to 11 points. These remain on your licence for at least four years.
The law states that you cannot accumulate 12 or more penalty points within a three-year period. If you do, you are automatically banned from driving. This is known as a totting up ban. This will last for a minimum of six months. If you have been disqualified from driving in the previous two years, you could be banned for longer
Are There Any Defences? for a driving ban
How to avoid a driving ban with 12 points
If you can prove that you will face exceptional hardship as a result of a driving ban. Then the judge may consider not imposing a driving ban. Consequently they may be content to just add the penalty points onto your licence instead. If you drive for a living, the exceptional hardship defence could be the difference between keeping or losing your job. It is important to be able to use this defence effectively in court. To ensure the best possible outcome in these circumstances is to use a specialist motoring offences law firm, like us.
A new driver will have their licence revoked if they obtain 6 or more points on their licence within the first two years of passing their driving test. In order to be able to drive again after their ban has finished, they will need to take their driving test again. Totting up may get your licence revoked.
Motoring Offences and Potential Penalty Points
|Careless Driving / Dangerous Driving||3 – 9|
|Failing To Stop / Report an Accident||5 – 10|
|Failing to Identify Driver||6|
|Speeding Offences||3 – 6|
|Driving Without A Licence||3 – 9|
|Contravening A Road Sign||3|
|Fail To Provide||3 – 9|
|Caught Driving On A Mobile Phone||3|
|Drunk In Charge||3 – 9|
Related : Speeding Offences
Totting Up Ban Common Questions & Answers
Yes there is, if you can prove exceptional hardship then you might get to keep your licence
It is 12 points when a ban comes into force unless you are a new driver (under 2 years) then its 6 points and you loose your licence.
The minimum driving ban is 6 months, however this could be longer and at the desecration of the judge
The simple answer is yes you have to re-sit the driving test
You will get a reminder form D27 that DVLA sends you 56 days before your disqualification ends
Yes you can check your driving ban period online here
You will need your driving licence number, your national insurance number and the post code on your driving licence