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, 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, 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.

Are There Any Defences?

If you can prove that you will face exceptional hardship as a result of a driving ban, the judge may consider not imposing a driving ban, and 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, and the way 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.


Have you been questioned, charged or summoned with any motoring matter? If so, call Ashmans Solicitors in confidence now on 03330 096 275 (24hrs).

Our expert lawyers are here to provide you with the very best in legal advice and representation 24 hours a day. You can also use our free online enquiry form or email us at .

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