Motoring Defence

Totting Up

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.

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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 


Alleged Offence Points
Careless Driving / Dangerous Driving3 – 9
Failing To Stop / Report an Accident 5 – 10
No Insurance 6
Failing to Identify Driver6
Speeding Offences 3 – 6
Driving Without A Licence3 – 9
Contravening A Road Sign 3
Fail To Provide 3 – 9
Caught Driving On A Mobile Phone 3
Drunk In Charge3 – 9



Related : Speeding Offences 

Are There Any Defences Against A Driving Ban

Yes there is, if you can prove exceptional hardship then you might get to keep your licence

How Many Points Is It Before You Get Banned From Driving

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.

What Is The Minimum Driving Ban Period

The minimum driving ban is 6 months, however this could be longer and at the desecration of the judge

If You Are a New Driver Under 2 Years And Your Licence Gets Taken From You, Do You Have To Take The Driving Test Again

The simple answer is yes you have to re-sit the driving test

If I Do Get Banned From Driving How Do I Find Out When The Ban Ends

You will get a reminder form D27 that DVLA sends you 56 days before your disqualification ends

Is There A Way To Check my Driving Ban Period Online

Yes you can check your driving ban period online here

What DO I Need To Check My Ban Online

You will need your driving licence number, your national insurance number and the post code on your driving licence

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Why Choose Us for Your Motoring Defence case?

  • We understand that you need to protect your driving licence.
  • We can offer you our help, wherever you are in England and Wales.
  • We are the first choice for professionals who need help with keeping their driving licence. We act on behalf of many other solicitors – and also doctors, teachers and vets who are facing a motoring offence. This is in addition to taxi drivers, lorry drivers and others who drive for a living.
  • We have access to experts who may be able to mitigate your motoring offence, such as speed detection experts, alcohol back-calculation experts and medical experts, too.
  • Our experienced motoring offences team has a reputation for achieving excellent results. We will put all of our collective experience behind you.
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